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Cole Hamels' win-loss record doesn't show it, but he's having a great season

Aug 30, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Before tossing eight shutout innings for a victory against the Padres yesterday Cole Hamels hadn’t won a game since July 11 and his overall record this season is just 8-10, but don’t let that fool you: Hamels is having an outstanding year.
He has a 3.31 ERA and 176/50 K/BB ratio in 174 innings, including a 2.47 ERA, .220 opponents’ batting average, and 88/18 K/BB ratio in 12 starts since July 1. Hamels ranks fifth among NL pitchers in both strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings, ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has the same opponents’ batting average as rotation-mate Roy Halladay.
Yet because he ranks 47th among the 53 qualified NL pitchers in run support his winning percentage is below .500 for the second straight season. Hamels has pitched every bit as well as he did in 2007 or 2008, and if the Phillies can make it to October a playoff rotation of Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Hamels is awfully scary.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Aug 30, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Starting pitchers should be measured by number of Quality Starts (at least 6 IP, less than 3 ER) than W-L record.

  2. Mason - Aug 30, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Nice writeup; I had no idea Hamels had such good peripheral numbers.

  3. BleedGreen - Aug 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    I’m surprised Hamels hasn’t taken a bat to the knees of Utley, Howard, Rollins and the boys yet. So many games that he’s given up 1 run over 7 innings and they can’t even score a single run for him. It was getting ridiculous until this last game. Good on Cole for keeping his mouth shut in the media and just going about his business. Philly loves Cole Hamels, and wants him to succeed.

  4. nps6724 - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    They really need to amend what a QS is because in its current form, it equates to a 4.50 ERA. If you used that to measure how good a pitcher is, a very consistent 4.50 ERA pitcher would look relatively equal to the aces of the game.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Who measures them by a win/loss record anyway? It’s just another stat, such as IP or an ERA, which are better tools to measure with anyway when you’re looking at a pitcher. Most people do this. All baseball people do this. It’s just a stat that relies on the team effort and really doesn’t reflect a pitchers effort too much.

  6. Benny Blanco - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    QS gives your team a chance to win. And very often if a pitcher gives up 3 or less runs, your pitching deeper than the 6th.

  7. Wallyhorse - Aug 31, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    They definitely need to redefine it:
    To me, a quality start is one of the following:
    Seven innings, TWO earned runs or less.
    Complete game loss OR nine innings in a game that goes into extra innings, three earned runs or less (since you didn’t have to go to the bullpen at all)
    Complete game win regardless of earned runs given up (as sometimes, a pitcher has a big lead to work with and can pitch without worry of giving up a run or two), since it means you didn’t have to use the bullpen.
    Those to me are what should be defined as “quality starts.”

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