There have been a few comparisons regarding Cole Hamels’ rough 2009 season, where he went 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and bombed during the playoffs a year after he was the MVP of the NLCS and World Series, and the difficult start to the 2013 season.

Those comparisons are silly, Hamels says.

“In ‘09, I wasn’t healthy and had two pitches,” Hamels said. “Now I’m healthy and I think I have five pitches. I think that helps.”

After the 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, Hamels also has two wins (see Instant Replay). Even with the full arsenal of pitches, it took Hamels 13 starts to get his second win, just his first since April 28.

It’s been longer than that since the Phillies were .500 in the standings. With the victory over the Marlins, the Phillies improved to 30-30 and are back to even for the first time since April 14.

That’s 30-30 for a team whose Opening Day starter is 2-9 and one that has won a season-best four straight games, six of its last nine and features the hottest hitter in the game in Dom Brown. Moreover, Hamels had to strikeout 11 batters while allowing just one run in seven innings against a last-place team just to get that win.

Yes, it’s been that tough for Hamels this season.

“I guarantee you he feels a lot better about himself [after the win],” manager Charlie Manuel said. “Maybe it will get him going in the right direction. He could have the big season we were expecting him to have.”