Hamels Takes A Step Back
No question Cole Hamels took a step backward last night in a 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. After he retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, he allowed four home runs to the next nine batters he faced.
Hamels is 12-13 with a 4.41 ERA in the regular season since 2008. He has allowed 31 homers, which is tied for the seventh-most in baseball. His ERA ranks 61st out of 88 pitchers who have thrown at least 163 innings.
“I’m not [frustrated],” Hamels said when asked how he was handling his ongoing inconsistencies. “I still feel good. It’s just a matter of making effective pitches and avoiding the big inning.”
Conclusions you can draw?
You certainly can be discouraged and frustrated, but it’s too early to draw any conclusions. (I’m trying to talk Phillies fans off the ledge on a Saturday morning.) The Phillies gave Chan Ho Park seven starts last season before they concluded he should be in the bullpen. Joe Blanton was 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA after eight starts last season, but went 10-5 with a 3.16 ERA the rest of the year. So let’s first see where Hamels is after eight or nine starts. And even then … chill.
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