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The Mets have Cole Hamels’ number. Why?

Apr 30, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Mulder: He psyched the guy out, he put the whammy on him!

Scully [skeptical]: Please explain to me the scientific nature of “the Whammy.”

Sorry. Just remembering my 1990s crushes. I was inspired to by this, from Corey Seidman of

Fifteen to twenty years from now, when Cole Hamels‘ playing days are over, several sticking points will come up in most conversations about his career.

The 2008 World Series.

The $144 million contract.

The durability.

The lack of run support.

And those damn Mets.

The Mets have had Hamels’ number for most of his career. Yet the Mets have stunk for most of Hamels’ career. So why do they always seem to hit him so well?  Seidman investigates why this is. His answer makes a lot of sense. And no, it has nothing to do with hexes, curses or the whammy.

But the truth is out there.

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    The scientific nature of the whammy? Of course, he’s the red guy who takes all your money away.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Big Bucks No Whammy’s STOP

  2. alexo0 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I was unaware that Mark Mulder and Vin Scully had ever called a game together.

  3. schmedley69 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    The Mets broadcasters think that it stems from bad karma that started when Hamels called the Mets “chokers” after their 2007 collapse.

  4. sandwiches4ever - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Has he tried shouting “NO WHAMMIES STOP!” before he throws pitches to the Mets?

  5. sdelmonte - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    If only the Mets would practice plate discipline against everyone else.

  6. asimonetti88 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Cole Hamels’ number is 35.

  7. flyinhighwithvick - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

  8. hughhansen - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    From the article: “Hamels has averaged 15.5 pitches per inning in his career. But against the Mets, he’s averaged 20 to 26 pitches per inning six times and been above 18.2 pitches per inning 10 times.”

    The lessons about clear and concise writing were not lost on this guy.

  9. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Whammy? As in, Gene Tenace at the plate… and WHAMMY?

  10. drubeatz - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Should of never talked smack and let his game do the talking.

  11. Reflex - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    What I do not understand about the article is that all of the tactics that are suggested that the Mets are using against Hamels would work against any pitcher. So why are they only using these tactics on him? And if he is especially susceptible to these tactics, why wouldn’t other teams be utilizing them, surely they also realize the Mets are doing well against Hamels and would replicate the Mets approach if it really was significant.

    I’d suggest that given the number of teams Hamels has faced in the time period in question, one team was bound to have gotten lucky against him in a seemingly consistent fashion. And that when the time comes that Hamels is closing the Mets down routinely (or at least not doing less than his career norms against them) no one will really notice or attempt to figure out which other team is now above average against him on a regular basis.

    At the end of the day, even for a division rival over several years, the sample size is pretty small in the context of his career.

  12. mantastic54 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Without looking at stats, it seemed like he had a rougher time vs the mets early in his career. I don’t think he’s had too many games vs the mets like last night recently

  13. hushbrother - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    It’s because the Mets’ uniforms are cerulean blue.

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