Lefty Hamels admits Phillies fell apart in 2013
DEC 03, 2013 11:05p ET
Hamels struggled in 2013, going 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA. The year before he was 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA; in 2011, he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA.
The past two years are also seasons Philly fans would like to forget. After five consecutive first-place finishes in the NL East, the Phillies placed third at 81-81 in 2012 and were a dismal 73-89 for a fourth-place showing last year.
"The energy in the clubhouse changed," Hamels recently told Phillymag.com regarding how morale dwindled during last season's below-.500 campaign. "It used to be all high-fives. ... There weren't as many high-fives (last year).
"There was a lot of bitterness, pointing fingers — 'You haven't played well in a week. Why weren't you in here early?'"
With the team getting older and some offseason moves in questions, Philly fans are getting restless. Hamels doesn't expect a huge turnaround, but he's optimistic.
"You have to know when to start over," Hamels told Phillymag.com about the front office needing to face the fact that rebuilding is necessary. "Will our fans be happy with that? Probably not. ...
"We won't win 100 games next season, but with another wild card, we can definitely get into the playoffs."
Hopefully for Hamels and Philly fans, the Phillies don't stumble out of the gate in 2014.