ALMOST PERFECT! Hamels Wins World Series MVP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels won a World Series MVP award without throwing a pitch. Only fitting, because he owned October all the way.

Hamels made five postseason starts for the Philadelphia Phillies and went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, a dazzling display of pressure pitching that earned him two trophies.

Already the Most Valuable Player of the NL Championship Series, the lanky lefty duplicated that feat with two terrific starts against Tampa Bay. Hamels joined hall of famer Mike Schmidt (1980) as the only World Series MVPs in Philadelphia history.

"This is something that you have to live for," Hamels said after the Phillies wrapped up the Series with a 4-3 victory in game 5. "Going out there, I knew I had a job to do."

Hamels outpitched Scott Kazmir for a 3-2 victory in the opener, then tossed six effective innings Monday night before game 5 was suspended by rain in the middle of the sixth with the score tied 2-2.

Hamels finished 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two World Series starts.

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