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Cole Hamels barely beats Lance Lynn to eight wins

May 28, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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Cole Hamels had the major league lead in victories all to himself for a good 15 minutes or so.

Hamels pitched eight innings and allowed four runs Monday as the Phillies beat the Mets 8-4, moving him to 8-1. Not long afterwards, the Cardinals finished up their 8-2 victory over the Braves, with Lance Lynn improving to 8-1 in the process. Both games started at 1;10 p.m. EDT, but the Phillies wrapped up their victory sooner.

Lynn did turn in the slightly better performance today, allowing two runs in seven innings and matching his season high with eight strikeouts. He has a 2.54 ERA, while Hamels is at 2.43.

Of course, while those two lead the majors in wins, there are 10 starters with better ERAs than Hamels and a few more ahead of Lynn. Atlanta’s Brandon Beachy tops the majors with a 1.77 ERA, but he’s 5-3 in 10 starts. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster is fourth with a 2.14 ERA, yet he’s winless in eight starts on the season.

  1. natslady - May 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    How about our Gio? We are not going to let Colbert beat him out for Cy Young that is FOR SURE!!

  2. drmonkeyarmy - May 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Hamels deserves to finally be racking up the wins. He has been getting screwed over by the Phillies offense pretty much his whole career.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      He seems to have passed that particular Baton to Cliff Lee.

  3. paperlions - May 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Of course, ERA isn’t a perfect stat (or even a very good one) and un-earned runs allowed still count. Beachy has given up 3 “unearned” runs (nearly 1/3 of all runs he’s allowed). Lynn has yet to allow an “unearned” run and Hamels has allowed only 1. Beachy isn’t even in the top 30 in the NL in xFIP (which, while not perfect, is a far better measure of pitcher performance than ERA).

    • paperlions - May 29, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Oops, bad typo, Beachy has given up 6 unearned runs, not 3.

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