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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 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. Oct 1 - 7:35 PM

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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.
Sep 26 - 11:49 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.
Sep 22 - 1:05 AM

Cole Hamels allowed just two earned runs, four hits and four walks over seven innings in Saturday's loss on the road against the Angels.

Hamels posted a quality start, but he was on the short end of a 2-0 score with his counterpart Parker Bridwell outshining him. After starting out 9-1 with a 3.42 ERA through Aug. 21, he is 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA over his past five outings. The veteran left-hander is limping to the finish line. He'll try to secure his 11th victory in his next scheduled outing Thursday in Seattle.
Sep 17 - 1:31 AM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs over six innings Monday to earn a win against the Mariners.

Hamels once had a season in Philly in which he went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA. Perhaps even worse, he went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts the following year. So, he's due the luck that currently has him 10-3 with a 4.05 ERA. Of course, a 4.05 ERA isn't bad in Texas, particularly with scoring up this year. Still, 10-3 seems pretty lucky. His teammate Andrew Cashner is 9-9 with a 3.19 ERA. Yu Darvish was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA before being traded to the Rangers.
Sep 11 - 11:34 PM

Cole Hamels allowed five runs -- four earned -- in six innings and was hit with a loss against the Braves on Wednesday.

He pitched really well except for one horrific inning. He struck out five batters against two walks and six base hits. Four of those hits, along with a walk, a hit batsman and an error (on Hamels) led to all five runs scoring in the second inning. The long-time National Leaguer did manage to help himself by driving in a run in the interleague contest. He falls to 9-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 19 starts. His 5.74 K/9 is by far the weakest of his 12-year career.
Sep 7 - 12:12 AM

Cole Hamels yielded four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

Despite the mediocre outing, Hamels left the game in position for the win before the Angels mounted a comeback against the Rangers’ bullpen. The southpaw fanned five and walked three in the no-decision. He’s allowed at least four runs in three out of his last four starts, with his ERA going up from 3.31 to 3.92 along the way. He’ll visit a familiar foe when the Rangers square off against the Braves under National League rules next week.
Sep 2 - 1:14 AM

Cole Hamels was knocked around for six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

He gave up a pair of solo homers to Chad Pinder in the early innings before getting knocked out of the game in a three-run fifth frame. The veteran left-hander's strikeout rate has been way down this season and today was no exception. He recorded two strikeouts against three walks while surrendering nine base hits. His record falls to 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA after 17 starts. He has 67 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings. His 5.5 K/9 is far below his 8.5 K/9 career rate.
Aug 26 - 8:27 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
3A.J. Jimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Joey Gallo
2Adrian Beltre
LF1Delino DeShields
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4Miguel Gonzalez
5A.J. Griffin
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
10Nick Martinez
11Nick Gardewine
12Yohander Mendez