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From Hollywood Hamels to The Bridge to Lidge: How the ’08 Phillies pitching staff was assembled

12 years ago today, most of the Delaware Valley gathered around Broad Street for a Halloween celebration like no other. The Phillies were the World Series champions for only the second time in franchise history.

Cole Hamels is one of the best pitchers in Phillies history. (Marc Piscotty/Icon Sportswire)

While the Phillies’ potent lineup gets most of the credit, the pitching staff deserves some love too. They combined for a 3.07 ERA in 123 innings pitched in the 2008 postseason. The rotation was led by the young phenom Cole Hamels and the bullpen was full of undervalued arms that performed at their best when the team needed them the most.