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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
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Cole Hamels delivered five innings of one-run ball Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Dodgers.
The one run he gave up came on a fielder's choice out by Scott Van Slyke in the top of the second inning. Hamels struggled early on in the Cactus League, but he's been very sharp in his last two outings. The veteran lefty looks like a safe top-20 fantasy starter for 2017. Mar 26 - 5:59 PM

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Cole Hamels was charged with two runs -- one earned -- over four innings against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Hamels allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and recorded five strikeouts. The left-hander was lit up for four runs over just one-third of an inning in his only other official Cactus League start, although he's built up his pitch count in minor league contests.
Mar 21 - 11:11 PM

Cole Hamels allowed one run on three hits over three innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Hamels was shellacked by the Dodgers for four runs in 1/3 of an inning during Cactus League play on Friday. His minor league work on Wednesday was meant to help hone some of his mechanics. "It felt a lot better today with the repetition and the feel," Hamels said. The veteran southpaw could make another minor league start on Tuesday as he continues to work out the delivery kinks. These are typical spring issues and nothing that will prevent him from being part of the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 15 - 6:37 PM

Cole Hamels was obliterated by the Dodgers in Cactus League play on Friday, surrendering four runs on three hits and a pair of walks in just 1/3 of an inning.

Well, that's certainly not what you're looking for. Hamels was victimized by the long ball in this one, with Yasiel Puig and Franklin Gutierrez each taking him over the wall. He'll look to lower his 108.00 ERA his next time out.
Mar 11 - 12:20 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Cole Hamels would start Game 4 of the ALDS if the Rangers are able to defeat the Blue Jays on Sunday.

First the Rangers have to survive Sunday's Game 3 before they can even get to Hamels. While skipper Jeff Bannister has refused to name a starter publicly, it looks as though the veteran southpaw would get a chance to make up for his debacle in the first game of the series.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:28:00 PM

Cole Hamels was rocked for seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Hamels struggled down the stretch and he failed to right the ship in this one. The veteran southpaw allowed seven hits (including a solo homer to Melvin Upton) while walking three batters. He gave up five runs in the third inning and threw 42 pitches in the process. It was easily the worst postseason start of his career. The Rangers will try to bounce back when Yu Darvish opposes J.A. Happ on Friday.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Cole Hamels will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Yu Darvish will start Game 2, but the plan beyond that is unclear. Hamels posted a 3.32 ERA and 200/77 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings across 32 starts this season, but he struggled a bit down the stretch. He had a 6.75 ERA over his final six starts. The Blue Jays have yet to officially announce their starters for the series.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Cole Hamels was charged with five runs -- three earned -- in seven innings and did not earn a decision as the Rangers beat the Brewers on Wednesday.

He gave up two runs in the first, two more in the second and one in the third inning before settling down to throw four more scoreless innings. He gave up eight hits but didn't walk anyone while punching out six in the ballgame. It was his last start of the regular season, so he finishes at 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 200 2/3 innings. He struck out exactly 200 batters and walked a career high of 77. The 32-year-old left-hander will once again be an early round draft pick in fantasy drafts next March.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 12:25:00 AM

Cole Hamels blanked the A's for seven innings and struck out seven in a win Friday.

Hamels' Cy Young hopes died with three bad starts these last three weeks, but he's still 15-5 with a 3.30 ERA for the season. The win tonight was his first since Aug. 25.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 01:19:00 AM

Cole Hamels was hit hard in Friday's no-decision against the Athletics, allowing six runs on seven hits over his six frames.

Hamels whiffed six on the night while walking three. His trouble stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Khris Davis launching a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Brett Eibner blasting a three-run shot in the sixth. Even with the rough outing, he still owns a very respectable 3.42 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season with 187 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track against the Angels on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:45:00 PM

Cole Hamels gave up two runs in six innings in a no-decision effort versus the Angels in a game the Rangers eventually won on Saturday.

He struggled with his control to the tune of four walks and 110 pitches in six frames. The Angels couldn't hit him though. He struck out six batters while allowing just four hits -- all singles. The Rangers didn't score the go-ahead runs until Hamels was no longer the pitcher of record, so he did not receive a decision. He holds at 14-5 with a 3.24 ERA after 29 starts. He has a nice 181 punchouts in 180 2/3 innings. One note of caution -- his 72 walks have already blown away his previous career high of 62 with several starts remaining.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 01:42:00 AM

Cole Hamels was lit up for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Mariners on Monday.

Hamels' Cy Young hopes have taken a bit hit in the last week, as he's given up 13 runs in his last two starts to take his ERA from 2.67 to 3.25. Before that, he had allowed a total of 10 earned runs in eight starts. Now his ERA is actually higher than it was before that outstanding stretch started (he entered the All-Star break at 3.21).
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:21:00 PM

Cole Hamels allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Mariners.

The silver lining, if there is one, is that six of the Mariners' seven hits were singles, and the other was a double, so it's not like he was getting pounded. Of course, he also issued four free passes to go with his seven hits allowed, so Hamels deserves plenty of the blame for the bad outing. That he still owns a 2.91 ERA through 27 starts following Tuesday's outing speaks to the kind of year the 32-year-old is having in Arlington. Hamels will carry a 14-4 record into Monday's rematch with the M's in Seattle.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 12:32:00 AM

Cole Hamels allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings, striking out eight, as the Rangers skunked the Indians 9-0 on Thursday.

Hamels was brilliant, yielding just a pair of singles and not walking a batter in his eight innings. The start was his sixth consecutive quality start and the eighth in a row in which he's allowed three or fewer runs. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that the southpaw is 14-4 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 26 starts total. Hamels will try to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:12:00 AM

Cole Hamels was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Rays, piling up 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

The star southpaw scattered just three hits and a pair of walks on the night. He carried a bid for a shutout into the eighth inning until Steven Souza uncorked a solo homer. Hamels has been terrific atop the Rangers rotation, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 159/61 K/BB ratio over 160 2/3 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 10:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4Steven Lerud
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Delino DeShields
2Jurickson Profar
3Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Joey Gallo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Mike Hauschild
8Dillon Gee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Keone Kela
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Nick Martinez
10Jose Leclerc
11Dario Alvarez
12Anthony Bass