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Cole Hamels strikes out 13, lowers second-half ERA to 1.96

Sep 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

Cole Hamels turned in another brilliant start last night, racking up a season-high 13 strikeouts while holding the Marlins to one run in 6.1 innings for his fourth straight victory.
Even with the winning streak Hamels’ win-loss record stands at just 11-10, but that vastly understates how fantastic he’s been all season and how dominant he’s been since the All-Star break. In fact, among pitchers with at least 10 starts in the second half his 1.96 ERA leads the NL and only Felix Hernandez at 1.64 has a lower mark in the AL.
He’s only 4-3 during that time, but the lack of wins is hardly Hamels’ fault. In the second half alone he’s lost twice while allowing just one run and also has four no-decisions in Quality Starts. With some decent support from the lineup and bullpen he could easily be something like 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 94/17 K/BB ratio in 84.2 innings spread over 12 starts since the break.
And come playoff time he’ll be the Phillies’ third starter.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Hamels is a terrible pitcher who doesn’t know how to [pull out the bull whip, become a drill sgt. and get his team to hit the ball better to] win.

  2. Trevor B - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Also, to keep with the non-original nickname thing or 1st part of first and last name… can we nick name Cole Hamels “Camels”?

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Trev, you hit the nail on the head. He just doesn’t know how to win. Ha! I think in Cole’s case he’s like awww hell no, who’s the Phillies Ace again? I’m sure he’s sick of hearing about the tale of two Roy’s and even more so after the whole Lee fiasco. Good for him, I always knew he has the makings of a top ace. He just had to adjust to batters adjusting to him and his two pitches he used to get by on. I also think watching the two Roys throw just about every pitch ever invented made him see the error of his ways. Two trick ponies will not make it very far in the Major leagues. Unless he want to be a closer….

  4. BC - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Cole Hamels for Cy Young! Because remember, wins don’t matter.

  5. Trevor B - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I’d like to see C.C. Sabathia on the Pirates and see how many wins he gets. I’m sure his ERA would inflat to about 4.5 as well. Actually better yet I’d like to see C.C. on the Mariners.

  6. Nikoli - Sep 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    If you take a look at the stats a little closer, you’ll see that Cole Hamels has a 0 homeruns this year and a terrible average. He clearly is not doing what it takes to win and is pathetic 11-10 record shows this.
    Seriously though, can you guys at least start putting his picture second in the Phillies’ “Big 3” pitching lineup that has been posted 15 times the past week. He is the real deal.

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    He has a second half ERA second only to King Felix.

  8. Nikoli - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    He actually has full year lower full year ERA and WHIP than CC, as well as more K’s by a good margin. Can Cole somehow be awarded honorary AL Cy Young Runner-Up to Felix?
    Ha! The third starter on the Phillies is better than CC. I think that is an argument in Felix’s favor, or why the Phils will lay waste to any team that opposes them in the playoffs. Or both.

  9. Kiwicricket - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Brilliant. Second.

  10. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    It also speaks volumes about how disastrous this season has gone for the Ms, since they splurged for Figgins and stole Cliffy from the Phightins–not that Rube put up a fight. Damn…just looking at what they had, they should be ripping it up. And I’m not talking about ripping up the tickets to the playoffs. I guess Miltonmania has far-reaching detrimental effects.

  11. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Have you seen pictures of him carrying his dog in a backpack? Then again, maybe that’s not an argument against the name…

  12. Kiwicricket - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Oh serious? Why am I not even slightly surprised. Do I want to know what sort of dog it is? Or will I lose respect for someone

  13. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    With the Iron Giant batting four times while clearly preparing to tour the junior circuit this year, if that golf swing he kept bringing to the plate last night was any indication (thought it must be asked, what better way to spend his time at this point in the Feesh’s forgettable season of mediocrity?), Hamels could have set a personal K record for himself with a whiffleball.

  14. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    I’ll try this again–it didn’t go through before:

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