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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (17) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Cole Hamels was touched up for seven hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Rangers’ loss to the Rays.
He notched four strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Hamels was cruising until the sixth inning when he allowed three hits, a hit-by-pitch and three earned runs. He was finally pulled in the seventh after yielding hits to Joey Wendle and Denard Span. The veteran left-hander will take a three-start winless streak into his next outing Tuesday against Oakland. Apr 18 - 5:02 PM

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Cole Hamels allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

Good news: Hamels velocity was up about one mph from his first three starts, as he was consistently in the 90-93 mph range tonight. That's still not quite ideal, but if he stays there, he could retain modest mixed-league value. He struck out seven and walked two tonight. Both runs came on solo shots from George Springer.
Apr 13 - 11:12 PM

Cole Hamels gave up four runs in the first inning and seven total -- five earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Hamels may have had an inkling it was going to be a long day when Steve Pearce led off the game with a homer. After a strikeout of Josh Donaldson, the next two Jays then got base hits before Kendrys Morales delivered the big blow, a three-run homer to put the Rangers in a big hole. Hamels finished with eight hits and two walks allowed in the loss, his second in three starts. The 34-year-old will carry a 6.19 ERA and 1.63 WHIP into next weekend's matchup with the defending World Champion Astros.
Apr 8 - 8:46 PM

Cole Hamels allowed just one earned run, four hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts over five innings in a victory in Oakland on Tuesday.

Hamels was much better in this one, although he still had trouble with the walks and yielded his third homer across just 10 2/3 innings. While he has been bitten by the free passes, he has worked around them for the most part thanks to his 18 strikeouts. The Rangers have now won 49 of his 71 outings, including 15 of his past 21 road outings against teams with a losing overall record. Texas is also 31-8 over his past 39 outings against teams with a losing mark.
Apr 4 - 2:07 AM

Cole Hamels yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Opening Day.

Hamels gave up two homers and walked four batters (including three in the third inning). The southpaw struck out seven batters, one shy of his season-high from last season. Hamels struck out just 105 batters in 148 innings last season and will need to miss more bats to return to prominence in fantasy leagues. While this outing was a mixed bag, it was a step in the right direction on that end.
Mar 29 - 6:54 PM

Cole Hamels snapped off three scoreless innings of work in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

Hamels walked two, struck out one and scattered three hits across his three scoreless innings of work. He'll be taking the ball against the defending champion Astros come Thursday's Opening Day as he looks to rebound from a fractured 2017 season. Last year, the veteran southpaw missed two months battling an oblique strain and underwhelmed even when he did manage to start, posting a 4.20 ERA in 148 innings. That was Hamels' first season registering an ERA higher than 4.00 while logging fewer than 200 innings pitched since 2010. If you're looking for a possible rebounding veteran going cheap and late in fantasy drafts, Hamels fits that bill. There's risk, here, but it does not come with a premium price.
Mar 24 - 6:37 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced that Cole Hamels will be the Opening Day starter.

It probably went without saying, but it's good to know, anyway. Hamels is coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign where he missed two months with an oblique strain and didn't miss bats like we've been accustomed to seeing from the 35-year-old southpaw. He's worth a flyer near the end of fantasy drafts, but as he enters the twilight of his career, there's just as much risk as there is reward -- if not more.
Mar 16 - 12:51 PM

Cole Hamels held the Brewers to one run over four innings in Tuesday's Cactus League start.

The veteran left-hander gave up three singles and walked two batters while notching three strikeouts. Hamels struggled in his first outing this spring but has now put up two straight solid showings. The 34-year-old will be trying to show in 2018 that he still has something left in the tank after his disappointing 2017.
Mar 13 - 5:52 PM

Cole Hamels pitched well for the Rangers on Thursday, allowing one run in 3 2/3 against the White Sox while striking out four.

Hamels had the good stuff and command against Chicago, which is nice to see after he struggled in his previous start against the Giants on Saturday. He no longer possesses the same stuff he did when he was in Philadelphia -- and pitchers in a tougher league now -- but Hamels is a rebound candidate for 2018, and a solid "buy low" candidate for fantasy leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:51 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that Cole Hamels, Doug Fister and Matt Moore will pitch on normal rest this season.

The skipper didn't mention Martin Perez, but he's expected to pitch on normal rest, too. The Rangers are planning a modified six-man rotation this season, but the bulk of their starters will pitch on four days' rest most of the time. "(Mike) Minor and (Matt) Bush are two guys that they're working on a little different rest period right now," Banister said. "We've got a ways to go. It's pretty fluid right now."
Mar 6 - 12:17 AM

Cole Hamels was hit hard in Saturday's loss to the Giants, allowing four runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran southpaw walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. Hamels continues to struggle with his diminished velocity as age has caught up to him in a hurry. He surrendered a pair of home runs in this one, solo shots to the light-hitting Joe Panik and Gregor Blanco. He now owns a 15.43 ERA in Cactus League play.
Mar 3 - 8:33 PM

Cole Hamels said Saturday he's not a fan of the team's plans for a six-man rotation to start the year.

"It’s not part of baseball," Hamels said. "I know that’s the new, analytical side, trying to re-invent the wheel. ... that’s just not what MLB is to me. That’s not how I learned from my mentors. That’s not the way I’m geared to pitch." It may be a bit much, given that the plan doesn't seem to be permanent and may barely even be noticeable with how many days off teams have in the early portion of the schedule anyway, but Hamels is entitled to his opinion. Of course, some might argue there's little harm in messing with the schedule of a 34-year-old who posted a 4.20 ERA last year, but that's some people, not us, of course.
Mar 3 - 4:51 PM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs in three innings in the Rangers’ season finale Sunday against the Athletics.

Hamels gave up nine runs in nine innings over his final two starts, inflating his ERA from 3.80 to 4.20 on the year. It’s his highest ERA since 2009 (4.32) with the Phillies. The 33-year-old posted a career-low strikeout rate this year (105 strikeouts in 148 innings) and we’re not optimistic about a rebound unless he suddenly starts missing more bats again.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:35:00 PM

Cole Hamels was touched up for six runs over just three innings Tuesday against the Astros.

Hamels shut the Astros out over seven innings last month, but he didn’t fare as well against them in this one. The veteran left-hander yielded six hits and four walks on the night, requiring 82 pitches to get through his three frames. Hamels had pitched well his previous three times out before this clunker. He’s tentatively slated to start Sunday, although it’s possible the Rangers will give someone else the ball that day.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Cole Hamels was dominant in Thursday's victory over the Mariners, allowing just one run on three hits over eight strong innings.

The veteran left-hander struck out eight on the night while issuing two free passes. The only mistake that he made was a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning. Now 11-4 on the season, he'll bring a 3.80 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup against the Astros.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 01:05:00 AM

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C1Robinson Chirinos
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joey Gallo
2Ronald Guzman
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Renato Nunez
LF1Drew Robinson
2Ryan Rua
CF1Delino DeShields
2Carlos Tocci
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Mike Minor
3Martin Perez
4Matt Moore
5Doug Fister
6Bartolo Colon
7Clayton Blackburn
8Joe Palumbo
Relief Pitcher
R1Keone Kela
2Kevin Jepsen
3Alex Claudio
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tim Lincecum
7Chris Martin
8Jesse Chavez
9Tony Barnette
10Ricardo Rodriguez
11Ronald Herrera