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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 improved to 9-1 after allowing two runs over seven innings against the Angels on Monday.
Hamels gave up just three hits on the night, one of them an RBI single from Martin Maldonado in the second inning. He fanned three and walked a pair. The southpaw has now won five straight decisions. Hamels has had good results recently, but he’s struck out just 65 batters through 105 1/3 innings this season. His fantasy upside isn’t what it once was. Aug 22 - 2:08 AM

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Cole Hamels was credited with a win over the Tigers even though he yielded four runs in six frames on Wednesday.

He struggled with his control, walking five batters and allowing a pair of home runs in the contest. Lucky for him his teammates brought their premium lumber to the ballpark to back him up with 12 runs. He served up a home run to the first batter he faced (Ian Kinsler) and was taken deep by center fielder Mikie Mahtook in the third frame. Hamels improved to 8-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 starts. His 62/31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 98 1/3 innings is far worse than his stellar career norm and sounds a note of concern for the rest of the season.
Aug 17 - 1:20 AM

Cole Hamels was magnificent in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Astros, firing off seven shutout frames.

Hamels struck out five, walked two and scattered three hits over his seven sublime innings of work. He did his work in efficient fashion, too, needing just 98 pitches (68 strikes) in the elongated outing. The veteran southpaw will bring a 3.31 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a home start against the White Sox next time out as he tries to keep up the good vibes from his outing on Friday.
Aug 11 - 11:56 PM

Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run in a complete-game, 4-1 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Hamels walked one and scattered four hits over his nine innings of work, keeping the Twins hitters off balance all night despite just five strikeouts. The strong turn was much-needed after he'd struggled in a few late-July outings, and the southpaw is now 6-1 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 13 starts. A few off days in the schedule mean Hamels won't pitch again until next weekend's series with the division-rival Astros.
Aug 6 - 12:28 AM

Cole Hamels allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Mariners.

Hamels left with the game tied at 4-4 and Seattle went on to win 6-4. The veteran lefty surrendered six hits and one walk, though he did strike out seven. There was talk that he might be dealt ahead of Monday's trade deadline, but that obviously didn't happen. Hamels will bring a 4.01 ERA into his next start on the road versus the Twins.
Jul 31 - 11:30 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Rangers have not had any serious trade talks involving Cole Hamels.

The Rangers are certain to be sellers at the deadline with Yu Darvish, Jeremy Jeffess and Keone Kela all mentioned as potential trade candidates. Conspicuously absent from that list is Hamels, who is still under contract through 2018 with a club option for 2019. Obviously there's not as much urgency to deal Hamels, though the Rangers could be amenable to moving him if the right offer came along. The former World Series MVP has pitched to a 3.97 ERA over 11 starts this season.
Jul 29 - 7:20 PM

Cole Hamels picked up his fifth victory of the season on Tuesday despite allowing four runs on six hits over six innings against the Marlins.

Hamels struck out five on the night while walking just one. The Rangers staked him to an early lead and all he had to do was make sure the train didn't come off the tracks. He'll carry a 3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 41/22 K/BB into Sunday's matchup against the Orioles.
Jul 25 - 11:16 PM

Cole Hamels allowed seven runs on nine hits -- including three homers -- over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Hamels cruised through the first three innings and gave up only a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop in the fourth, but things fell apart quickly from there on out. The nine hits allowed were a season high, as were the three homers, and it was the first loss in 10 starts for Hamels. Especially frustrating for fantasy owners was the fact that the poor start came on the heels of two scoreless outings for the 33-year-old. Hamels will carry a 3.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into an interleague start against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Jul 20 - 10:54 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers are not considering trading Cole Hamels.

Yu Darvish may be in play before the July 31 deadline as an impending free agent, but Hamels is under contract through 2019 and the Rangers don't have the kind of roster that requires a full rebuild. Also, they're not out of the running yet for an American League Wild Card berth in 2017. Hamels, 33, boasts a 0.82 ERA in 22 innings (three starts) so far this month.
Jul 19 - 11:15 AM

Cole Hamels allowed just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision Saturday in Kansas City.

Hamels threw 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes, slicing his ERA from 3.51 to 3.05 as a result of the scoreless effort. He is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA across three starts in the month of July. While his strikeouts have been way down this season, perhaps because he doesn't want to overdo it after missing two months due to an oblique injury, he has been ace-like with five quality starts over his past six assignments.
Jul 16 - 1:43 AM

Cole Hamels struck out six without allowing a run over 7 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 10-0 skunking of the Angels on Friday.

As bad as Angels starter Ricky Nolasco was in the game, that's how good Hamels was on the other side. The southpaw gave up just three hits and a walk over his 7 2/3 scoreless innings, improving to 4-0 through eight starts. He's gotten progressively better with each of his three starts since coming off the disabled list in late June, and Hamels now owns a 3.51 ERA and 1.07 WHIP on the year. He'll have a few days to catch his breath, but the Rangers will surely want to get him back out there shortly after the start of the second half to try to keep things rolling.
Jul 8 - 12:44 AM

Cole Hamels dominated in Saturday’s win over the White Sox, limiting the Pale Hose to two hits and two runs over 6 2/3 standout innings.

He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone. Hamels took a beating in his previous start Monday against Cleveland and it looked like he could be in for another rough day after yielding a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the first inning. But that would be the extent of Chicago’s damage as Hamels retired the last 19 hitters he faced before handing it over to the bullpen in the seventh inning. He’ll take a 3-0 record into his next start Friday against the Angels.
Jul 1 - 6:52 PM

Making his return from the disabled list, Cole Hamels surrendered seven runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision in Monday's 15-9 loss to the Indians.

Hamels had been on the shelf since early May with a right oblique strain. His return to the mound started out in tenuous enough fashion, as the southpaw loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning. He managed to Houdini his way out of that mess allowing just one run. He would surrender one more in the third inning before an incredibly shaky four-run fifth (including one run walked in with the bases loaded) finally did him in. Hamels finished up his evening's work having struck out one and walked four. He threw 92 pitches in the outing (48 for strikes). A road start against the White Sox shows next on his schedule as he looks to knock off the rust and work his way back into the flow of the season.
Jun 26 - 10:51 PM

Rangers activated LHP Cole Hamels from the 10-day disabled list.

Hamels, out since early May with a right oblique strain, allowed one run in 8 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks through two minor league rehab starts. He'll make his return to the Rangers' rotation Monday against the Indians.
Jun 26 - 3:22 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) is on track to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Monday in Cleveland.

That's assuming things go as planned during his bullpen session Friday. Hamels allowed just one run while striking out eight over 8 2/3 innings in two rehab starts, going 5 2/3 frames and throwing 81 pitches in his final outing Wednesday. The veteran lefty should be ready for close to a full workload versus the Tribe. Hamels has been out since early May with a strained right oblique.
Jun 23 - 5:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Joey Gallo
2Delino DeShields
3Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4A.J. Griffin
5Tyson Ross
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Tony Barnette
7Jake Diekman
8Ricardo Rodriguez
9Austin Bibens-Dirkx
10Jhan Marinez
11Nick Gardewine