All on Cole Hamels to ‘pick up’ Phillies

Hamels went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA this season.

Despite losing 5-4 Sunday, there was a quiet confidence emanating from Raul Ibanez. Even after the Cards overcame a four-run deficit with Cliff Lee on the mound to even the NLDS.

Ibanez noted that the Phillies were not on the brink of elimination.

“It’s a brand new series,” Ibanez said. “It’s a best-of-three series. We’re fine with that. We’ve been in this situation before and we’re comfortable with it. We have to go to St. Louis and we have a pretty good pitcher who will be on the mound for us and we have no problem on the road.”

The Phillies won a staggering 50 games away from South Philadelphia, nearly half of their 102 victories. They also have another ace, Cole Hamels, who will toe the rubber.

The Phillies need a huge game from Hamels, who would love to be known as a big-game pitcher once again, after dominating the 2008 playoffs. However, Hamels lost his only start against the Cardinals a few weeks ago. He gave up four runs in seven innings in a 5-0 shutout.

But it’s difficult to read too much into that game since the Phillies were figuratively hungover from winning their fifth straight NL East crown.

Will Hamels pick the Phillies up in the most critical game of the season?

“I think Cole will be fine,” Lee said. “He’s the kind of pitcher who can go out there and take control of the game. I have total confidence in him picking us up.” 


Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.


Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.


Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…


D.A. Williams opens new unit to focus exclusively…

D.A. Seth Williams announced Tuesday that he has opened a new unit focused entirely on investigating wrongful conviction claims.


'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Here's what to do in Philly this weekend

FILM 'Through a Lens Darkly'  Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 N. American St. Free, RSVP required, 215-232-5678 Join Philadelphia…


Peek behind the scenes at the Academy of…

Generations of visitors have marveled at the dioramas in the Academy of Natural Sciences, watching apprehensively at the puma perpetually poised to attack the unsuspecting…


TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…


Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.


NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?


Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.


Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.


Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…


How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…


Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.