Cole Hamels jokes that he helped bring a title to New York in 2009

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were half of one of the greatest rotations in baseball history in 2011. Two years prior, the two were paired at the top of the Phillies rotation for the first time. Lee, behind one of the most dominant playoff runs in league history, helped pitch the Phillies to two World Series victories. Hamels – who was still effective in the regular season, but did show regression from the 2008 season – posted a 7.58 ERA in four postseason starts, including a Game 3 World Series loss to the New York Yankees. 

Despite MVP-caliber performances from Lee and Chase Utley, the Phillies lost the 2009 World Series in six games, finishing two wins away from winning consecutive World Series titles. Nearly a decade later, Hamels still seems bothered by his performance in the Phillies failed attempt to repeat as World Champions. 

Hamels spoke to Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media on a variety of topics, and when asked about the possibility of the Yankees pursuing him as they attempt to win this year's World Series, Hamels joked that he's already helped bring a World Series to the sport's most historically successful franchise: 

Hamels took the loss in Game 3 of the World Series, despite being spotted a three-run lead. He says he's still bothered by not being able to hold that three-run lead and help the Phillies take a 2-1 series lead:

In the end, a variety of factors contributed to the Phillies not winning the 2009 World Series. Sure, Hamels having the worst postseason of his career left the Phillies without a No. 2 starter behind Lee, but they probably also lacked a No. 3 starter. Blanton and late-stage Martinez were worthy of pitching in the MLB in 2009. They probably shouldn't have been starting in the World Series, however. And beyond Utley's Herculean effort in the World Series – he tied the single-season MLB record of five World Series home runs in a six-game series – the Phillies didn't get enough offensive production from their stars to offset holes in their starting rotation and bullpen. 

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