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10:03 AM ET 05.08 | By the end of 2011, Cole Hamels could take his place among Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Jon Lester, David Price, and Clayton Kershaw as the best lefty starters in the game - if he hasn't already. And Hamels will need a new contract. No, the Phillies do not risk losing Hamels to another team after the 2011 season. He has one year of arbitration remaining before free agency comes following 2012. But each time Hamels toes the rubber and dominates, the Phillies and their only homegrown ace move closer to what will be a fascinating negotiation process.

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May 8, 2011  10:17 AM ET

He's good, but not great. The dude goes into bad streaks like something fierce.

May 8, 2011  01:47 PM ET

we'll worry about that later

May 8, 2011  03:42 PM ET
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May 8, 2011  04:03 PM ET

I don't think he should even be compared to Kershaw at this point. Probably even less so to Price and, really, he shouldn't even be mentioned with Sabathia, Lee or Lester - they're way out of his league.

May 8, 2011  04:09 PM ET
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I don't think he should even be compared to Kershaw at this point. Probably even less so to Price and, really, he shouldn't even be mentioned with Sabathia, Lee or Lester - they're way out of his league.

I just looked over Hamel's career and I've got to correct myself. He's comparable to Kershaw and Price, although, they're four and two years younger, respectively.

That bad season of his really stuck in my mind and skewed my perception. He's been much more consistent than I though.

His voice sounds like a whiney teenager though, so there's that.

May 9, 2011  06:51 AM ET
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I just looked over Hamel's career and I've got to correct myself. He's comparable to Kershaw and Price, although, they're four and two years younger, respectively.That bad season of his really stuck in my mind and skewed my perception. He's been much more consistent than I though.His voice sounds like a whiney teenager though, so there's that.

And he did have a great World Series one year too. He's been great at times but he's also struggled at times. I think have Doc and Lee around is going to do wonders for his consistency.

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May 9, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I just looked over Hamel's career and I've got to correct myself. He's comparable to Kershaw and Price, although, they're four and two years younger, respectively.That bad season of his really stuck in my mind and skewed my perception. He's been much more consistent than I though.His voice sounds like a whiney teenager though, so there's that.

He's better than kershaw and Price, Series MVP in 2008, bit of a head case in 2009. Pitched in bad luck in 2010. Since 5/1/10 through now 5th best ERA in baseball.

May 9, 2011  02:00 PM ET

I'm yet to be sold on Cole... I am becoming more impressed with him than I was, but lets face it. He's had #3 and #4 numbers most of his career. I'm willing to accept that 2009 was a fluke year on the bad end, but I'm still not sold that 2010's numbers are what can be expected more years than not. He is by no means the 'ace' that everyone in Philly considers him. That's for sure.

 
May 10, 2011  01:17 PM ET
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And he did have a great World Series one year too. He's been great at times but he's also struggled at times. I think have Doc and Lee around is going to do wonders for his consistency.

Totally agree. They have their hands full with this kid, teaching him to be more consistent. Wait till the season's over before

Totally agree. They have their hands full with this kid, teaching him to be more consistent. Wait till the season's over before thinking about an extension.

As for being one of the best southpaws in the game, what about Johan?

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