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Cole Hamels is 1-8

May 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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Phillies starter Cole Hamels lost his eighth game this afternoon as he was vastly out-dueled by Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the Nats’ 6-1 victory. Hamels allowed five runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as his ERA was actually lowered to 4.43. The first two months for Hamels have been shocking, reminiscent of his disappointing 2009 season in which he finished with a 4.32 ERA.

Hamels’ eighth loss leads all Major League starters, one ahead of Edwin Jackson and Joe Blanton. It has been an odd year for many assumed top-tier pitchers:

While Hamels has certainly not been nearly as effective as he has been in years past, you have to wonder how many wins he could have lucked into if he had received better run support.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    2012 Cliff Lee laughs at 2013 Cole Hamels. At least 2012 Cliff Lee was doing his part.

    Don’t forget to add Sabathia to the list above. Today was another stinker.

    • vallewho - May 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      beat me to it…CC has bee ca-ca. hopefully he heats up as the temps rise.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      I’ve been saying this for years. C.C. Sabathia gets paid like an ace, but sure the hell doesn’t pitch like one. He’s always on the losing end in match ups against other team’s aces.

      • paperlions - May 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Well, good thing you kept saying it….because you are finally right.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        I feel like I always hear David Cone say things like, “If you take away that 4-run fourth inning, CC was DOMINANT tonight” which really is kinda besides the point.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        paperlions – May 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        “Well, good thing you kept saying it….because you are finally right”

        Oh, I’ve been right for a while. It’s just that all the sport’s channels have been calling him an ace for so long that people are conditioned to believe it. Just like they’ve convinced most people that Danica Patrick is hot.

      • paperlions - May 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        You keep on thinking that…not that it is the be-all-end-all….but it is a pretty good indications: from 2008-2012 Sabathia is 4th among all pitchers in fWAR, behind only Lee, Verlander, and Halladay.

        Who are all of these “aces” of which you speak that consistently and regularly perform better than Sabathia? Once you take league and park into account, he’s been a damn fine pitcher.

        I look forward to your list.

    • dgressner - May 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      The only thing hurting Cole is a lineup that struggles. We (been a fan for 32 years, I can say “we”) need some bats that don’t fizzle against even medium pitching. Our offense has CONSISTANTLY dwindled every year since 2009, its pathetic. I wish Cole would say something. He did once, on basically the same situation he finds himself in now, and was blasted for it. Is it not RIDICULOUSLY OBVIOUS to anyone with a cursory baseball acumen, that pitching can only do so much. His run support has been taken hostage, and the captors are looking to cut off another finger. WE NEED SOME BATS RUBEN AMARO JR.!!!!!!

  2. drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    another overpaid philly pro athlete. are all philly gm’s the same person.

    • teamobijuan - May 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      He’s 1-8… with 8 QS. Wins is a terrible stat for pitchers.

  3. natslady - May 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Nothing made me happier than the Nats hanging another loss on Colbert today, but, honestly, his fielders did not help him. Check out the 7th inning! A little BABIP, a coupla errors, a double that scraped the foul line, and the reliever let the inherited runner score… Also, Delmon Young– what genius thought he could play right field? It’s not that he gets bad jumps, it’s that he doesn’t get any jump at all, and if by chance he happens upon the ball he can’t turn and throw it. Colbert got some bad calls, but so did the Nats–a HBP where the batter swung; and in the 8th, a balk that wasn’t wiped out Strasburg’s shutout.

    • natslady - May 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Colbert was pitching so well before the 7th that Davey had Desi BUNT. Davey hates position players bunting. Desi didn’t bunt once all last year… Of course Cholly then IBB’d a .135 hitter (because it looked like a sac fly could win the game). The baby backup catcher squibbed a ball 40 feet towards third base… and two runs scored.

    • aceshigh11 - May 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Ha! Had no idea Cole’s full name was Colbert.

      I kept thinking, “Is Stephen Colbert a Phillies fan? What are you TALKING about?”

      Does he pronounce it Cole-burt, or the French Col-berrrr?

    • natslady - May 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Bottom line, it’s not really accurate to say Hamels was “vastly outdueled” by Stras, at least not until that fateful seventh inning. They were matching pitch for pitch and strikeout for strikeout, and for a while there the only guys who got on base were Hamels and Strasburg. You really thought it was going to be a 1-0 game with the difference being a solo HR or something.

      • chaseutley - May 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Agreed. No walks, 2 hits by the pitcher, and an infield single by Harper: Cole pitched well through 6. A tip of the cap to Strasburg for a nice outing, but the use of the term “vastly” is a bit of an oversell, here.

  4. gmagic9044 - May 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Hawk Harrelson sabermetrics here.

    Cole Hamels –> Not enough Will to Win.

  5. yougotgirouxed - May 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Hamels vastly outdueld by Strasburg? Did you even watch the game? It all got out of hand in one inning with a bunch of errors. I guarantee Strasburg would have done worse pitching in front of 3 errors

  6. chaseutley - May 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    As a sidenote, the final score of the game was 6-1.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - May 27, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    big deal, this is the same guy who quit during the 2009 WS so why is this a surpise? typical philly

  8. chrisk61 - May 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    what’s hamels getting paid…22 mil per yr ? he is a joke. another terrible contract. like howard, halladay and rollins. for how much hamels he should have a strong outing virtually every time he takes the mound. and yesterday wasn’t about lack of run support. it was a tight gm and hamels imploded in one inning and allowed nats to break it open. that was him MO 2 seasons ago i think…one bad inning that cost phillies the gm. lee is earning his money. doing what he is supposed to do. thank god for kendrick and pettibone. they are keeping phils afloat right now. but they won’t do it the whole yr and when they fade, so will phils.actually phils are already on the slow boat. can’t break thru .500, and the playoff-caliber NL teams already have 30 + wins. phillies are getting worse every yr.

  9. malbrecht4 - May 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    They’re not really getting worse every year, they’re just getting older. From the 2-6 positions the youngster is 33 yo Howard. If you think Pettibone is better than Hamels, you need to work on your scouting.

  10. chrisk61 - May 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    malbrecht…08 WS champs, 09 WS loss, 10 NLCS loss, 11 NLDS loss, 12 no playoffs…uh i think they are getting worse. started with roy oswalt’s back injury. then halladay getting heat stroke 2 yrs ago at wrigley. he hasn’t been the same since. then howard’s achilles.

  11. thundercat19 - May 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Vastly out-dueled, huh? Do the writers on this site actually watch baseball before they comment on it?

    First of all, both pitchers were riding 3 hit shutouts into the bottom of the 7th. And B, if Michael Young could throw a rock in the ocean from 50 feet away, it would have been bases loaded with 2 outs. Who knows where it would’ve gone from there?

    Hamels has made 10 starts. Eight have been quality. He put up a huge number on opening day that inflated his ERA and since then has only had one truly poor start. His command has been off at times, but if you actually watch the games, you can see he is clearly pressing as he knows he has to be perfect or they simply won’t score enough to win.

    His strand rate is low and his BABIP is high and he gets almost zero run support. That’s not bad pitching. That’s bad luck and bad baseball.

    Believe me, as a Phillies fan we have a plethora of other issues to worry about – Ryan Howard’s contract and left knee, Chase Utley’s knees and oblique, Ruiz’s hammy, Doc’s shoulder, Revere’s OBP, why Delmon Young gets paid to play baseball, why Chad Durbin is the worst pitcher in baseball and why Horst doesn’t seem like he’ll be satisfied until he steals that title away, Michael Young love affair with hitting into double plays, etc., etc…..

    Hamels? Not worried. He’s actually one of the few things we have to look forward to for the next couple years.

  12. islefan - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    he’s ONLY had 5 horrible starts out of 12. Not bad for $20,500,000.

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