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Less than a year after signing big extension, Cole Hamels leads NL in losses

Jun 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Cole Hamels AP

Despite pitching well throughout most of today’s game against the Rockies, Phillies starter Cole Hamels was once again saddled with a loss, his tenth of the season. Aside from a solo home run by Wilin Rosario in the second, Hamels stayed out of trouble in six innings. In the seventh, frustration with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson’s inconsistent strike zone and his offense’s Little League approach to hitting elicited a rare emotional outburst from the left-hander. The Rockies scored two more runs off of Hamels in the seventh, and another two off of Justin De Fratus in the eighth as they went on to win 5-2.

Hamels certainly started off the year pitching poorly, but he has come on as of late. Over his last six starts spanning 37.1 innings, Hamels has struck out 42, walked four, and allowed only three home runs. In those starts, he is 1-4 and has received a grand total of 17 runs of support. Only 12 of those runs were scored while Hamels was the pitcher of record.

The Phillies signed Hamels to a six-year, $144 million contract extension on July 25 last year, locking up the lefty through at least 2018, when he will be 34 years old.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    In other news, wins and losses isn’t always an accurate indicator of a pitcher’s performances.

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      And the phillies suck

      • tuberippin - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        Because that’s a huge predictor of a pitcher’s W-L, right? Like when Zack Greinke won 16 games in 2009 and got the Cy Young award while pitching for a Royals team that won 65 games?

      • Last Road Reviews - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        W/L don’t tell the whole story. So much factors in. Ivan Nova has put up a good W/L, but had a poor ERA. If a guy goes 17-8 with an ERA about a 5 and another goes say 10-15 with an ERA about a 3. I go with the 2nd option. While by NO means a great pitcher, but Mets SP Jeremy Hefner is like 1-5 and team is like 2-10 behind him, but in his defense he’s given the Mets some quality starts, but yet loses or gets a ND and the team loses. He started off poorly, but has pitched far better than his record and teams record behind him shows. So W/L isn’t always a good way to judge. ERA is more telling, but even that can be skewed.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      There was more info there than the W/L record and there was no implication that Hamels was bad because of his W/L record by the author. I see the lack of run support was brought up as a reason for the record, not his ability. Just saying nobody should need to be told by 3 different people that wins are not indicative of pitching performances after reading this.

  2. flamethrower101 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Anybody who uses W-L record as an argument to say Cole Hamels is the worst pitcher in the NL this year is beyond themselves. That said, it’s very eery to look at the stat sheet and see Cole Hamels with 10 losses this early in the season.

    • mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      You certainly can’t use his w/l record as an argument that he is one of the best

      • tuberippin - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        I’m sorry, where is there someone saying “Cole Hamels has lost ten games. He’s the best pitcher in the NL”?

    • mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      You certainly can’t use his w/l record as an argument that he is one of the bestir your team scores 2 runs your job as a pitcher is give up 1

  3. Dan Camponovo - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    To his credit, Bill’s not arguing that Hamels sucks — but, yes, it’s unnerving to see Hamels with 10 losses. Worse than seeing Lee rack up the NDs last year.

  4. pisano - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    If the Phillies are bummed, have them ask the Yankees for a trade for CC.

  5. retsfdemo - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Dont blame Cole on this one….total lack of offense..hitters didnt even work Rockies Pitcher (who worked him). Chacin had a super low pitch count. Nope..this ones on the lack of bats…they must have been out late checking out the Gay Pride Events in Denver this weekend.

    • mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM


  6. mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Giancarlo Stanton would look good in a phillies uniform

    • paperlions - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Maybe, but the Phillies don’t have anything at all to offer for him.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        C’mon, Straight up for Svelte Delmon Young. Throw in a couple of good luck cakes for a bonus. It’s tempting. Admit it.

      • chew1985 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Money…Loria is a lowlife and will take the bait. Do it Rube-it just might save your back side.

      • paperlions - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        What money? The Phillies can’t buy him.

  7. randygnyc - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hamels has a history of quitting on his team and the fans in Philly. Today was just a reminder of that. When the going gets tough, Cole starts crying like a baby.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Cole that doesn’t rub me the right way, but I’ve never heard of anything calling for him quitting on his team and whining about it. Making bone-headed decisions (such as hitting a 19-year old Bryce Harper ON PURPOSE for no reason at all, and then admitting to it to the media) maybe but not quitting.

    • tuberippin - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      You mean like that time he won the NLCS and World Series MVP? Or do you mean all the times he quit in the playoffs yet posted a career 3.09 ERA and 3.67 K:BB?

      And saying he cries like a baby? Really? I seem to recall Nick Swisher whining publicly about being treated poorly by the bleacher creatures a couple of years back when he was playing for the Yankees…and Nick Swisher never showed up for the playoffs. That’s not a quitter to you?

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Haha…there is so much wrong with this statement. But it made me laugh.

  8. mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    How can you not want Stanton with this horrible offence

  9. mike2705 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Lets all agree that the bats suck big time and they need help

  10. andreweac - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    He got paid and lost the Willingness to Win (sarcasm). That or Ruben Amaro is a terrible GM at placing real talent around Hamels.

    Blame Amaro.

  11. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Flamethrower- read up on 2009 post season. I was hardly the first who thinks Cole has already quit on his team. I’m just too lazy to look up his quotes, lol.

  12. randygnyc - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    What the hell. This is taken from a HBT post from Nov 3, 2009

    Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels dropped a rather shocking quote after pitching poorly in a loss to the Yankees in Game 3, saying he couldn’t “wait for it to end. It’s been mentally draining. At year’s end, you just can’t wait for a fresh start.”

    His comments stunned manager Charlie Manuel, who said he “didn’t understand it”, and apparently didn’t sit well with at least one of his teammates, leading to a confrontation after Game 5 (via Yahoo!):

    Phillies pitchers Brett Myers and Cole Hamels had a short but tense confrontation in the team’s clubhouse following Game 5 of the World Series, according to one witness, words that stemmed from Hamels’ recent statement that he was eager for his season to end.
    As Myers walked past Hamels near Hamels’ locker he said, mocking, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit.”

    • tuberippin - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      And we should all take what Brett Myers says very seriously. He’s obviously a very successful major league ballplayer with no major character flaws or police record whatsoever.

  13. indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Hawk Harrelson would say he lacks the will to win, and is not pitching to the score. Then again, Hawk’s an idiot.

    Over his last 6 starts, he’s only received 17 runs in support of his efforts, and only 12 while he was the pitcher of record? It’s hard to be awarded the win under those circumstances. He just sounds like he’s having some tough luck right now.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Matt Harvey would kill for that kind of run support.

      • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Harvey doesn’t seem like the murderous type.

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