Hamels’ Bounce Back
He already has.
Hamels is 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since the end of June. His ERA ranks 10th out of 93 qualifying pitchers in baseball in that span. His 1.00 WHIP is 13th. His 5.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio is fourth.
Of course, not everybody has noticed because Hamels is 5-13 with a 3.65 ERA overall. His 13 losses are tied with Angels right-hander Joe Blanton (5.52 ERA) and Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell (5.34 ERA) for the most in baseball, which should be an excellent reminder a starting pitcher’s record is often a highly inaccurate gauge to their abilities and effectiveness.
Hamels’ 3.33 run support average this season is 85th out of 90 qualifying pitchers, which tells the story about his record as much as anything.