What is Going On Here?
Nobody could have predicted that before the season started.
But after Hamels allowed 10 hits and four runs in five innings in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Mets, he is 7-8 with a 4.78 ERA.
That’s the fifth-highest ERA in the National League. Only Livan Hernandez (5.47 ERA), Jamie Moyer (5.22 ERA), Ricky Nolasco (5.22 ERA) and Braden Looper (4.95 ERA) are higher.
His .285 opponents average is ninth highest in the league.
“I’ve always been a step ahead, and right now I’m neck and neck,” Hamels said. “I might have a good game or a good inning, but you really have to put it together, pitch by pitch, inning by inning, to make it a good game. And then you have to back it up with another good game and another good game. Like what our other four starters are doing. For some odd reason, I’m the one that’s bringing them down. I don’t like that fact at all.”