Hamels, 29, takes the mound with an 8-14 record and a surprisingly high 3.62 ERA. Hamels hasn't been all that sharp but one cry is that the Phillies don't score for him. That cry is warranted.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Cole Hamels has pitched 46 games in which he has received 0-2 runs scored by the Phillies offense. That is 12 more than the next closest Phillie, Roy Halladay.
In those 46 games, he sports a 7-28 record with 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Hamels' 46 starts are tied for sixth with Dodgers' Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Tigers' starter Doug Fister over that time trailing Tim Lincecum who leads the Major Leagues with 55 such starts.
This season, Hamels has 11 starts where he has received two or fewer runs which is tied for 29th in the Majors. He is 0-7 in such starts with a painfully low 2.51 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Only three players - Stephen Strasburg (1.89 ERA), Kershaw (2.03 ERA), and Jeff Locke (2.12 ERA) - have more than 11 starts with 0-2 runs scored and boast a lower ERA than Hamels.
He has done almost everything he could to keep the Phillies in these low-scoring games but has not gotten the win. Tonight he looks for his ninth win of the year in his 33rd start of the season which would tie his career low in wins. Hamels career low nine wins came in just 23 starts in 2006.
The fans seem to be ready to end the season and turn a new page in 2014... I'm sure Cole Hamels is right there with ya.
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