PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels walked through the home clubhouse Sunday with nothing to do. Because the Phillies clinched the National League East a day earlier, the lefty was no longer needed for the regular-season finale. The lefty's next outing will come under more important circumstances, in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, against the NL Wild Card-winning Brewers. Manager Charlie Manuel confirmed the news on Sunday, as expected, but wouldn't comment on the rest of the rotation. Brett Myers is lined up to pitch Game 2 at home, with Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton available for Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee.
Hamels turned in his most consistent season and stayed off the disabled list for the first time in his career. He logged a career-high 227 1/3 innings and posted a 14-10 record and a 3.09 ERA. Hamels started and lost Game 1 of the 2007 NLDS against the Rockies, the Phillies' first postseason appearance since 1993. He lasted 6 2/3 innings and surrendered three earned runs.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.