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Cole Hamels | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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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. Oct 9 - 5:28 PM

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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.
Oct 6 - 7:41 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.
Oct 5 - 3:25 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.
Sep 29 - 12:25 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.
Sep 24 - 1:19 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.
Sep 16 - 11:45 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.
Sep 11 - 1:42 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).
Sep 5 - 8:21 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.
Aug 31 - 12:32 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.
Aug 26 - 12:12 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.
Aug 19 - 10:22 PM

Cole Hamels suffered a tough loss on Saturday, giving up two runs in seven innings to the Tigers.

Considering he gave up 14 hits and three walks he was probably fortunate that only two runs scored. He struck out five batters and picked a runner off first. He benefited from outfielders gunning down runners at home and third base as well. The 14 hits were the most Hamels has ever allowed in a single game. The loss drops his record to 12-4 with a 2.88 ERA.
Aug 14 - 12:05 AM

Cole Hamels gave up three runs in seven innings while striking out six and walking four in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

His walk rate has been elevated a bit this year and that was in evidence today. He has a 138/55 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings overall. The loss knocks a bit of luster off his shiny 12-3 record and 2.89 ERA. He remains one of the most consistently reliable and durable starting pitchers in baseball despite the loss.
Aug 3 - 9:50 PM

Cole Hamels struck out 12 while allowing two runs over eight innings, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

Hamels gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the victory, throwing a season-high 123 pitches before exiting. It may not be any coincidence that his 12 punchouts were also a season high, giving him 132 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings on the year. The southpaw improved to 12-2 with his third straight win, and he'll take a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Orioles.
Jul 29 - 12:11 AM

Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings of work in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

Hamels wasn't as efficient as he was in a dominant win over the Cubs his last time out, giving up five hits and walking three on Saturday, but the result was the same. The southpaw has now won six of his last seven decisions and is 11-2 on the year. Hamels owns a shiny 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio ahead of Thursday's rematch with these same Royals.
Jul 24 - 12:17 AM

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C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Joey Gallo
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Carlos Gomez
CF1Ian Desmond
2Delino DeShields
3Jared Hoying
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Carlos Beltran
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Keone Kela
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Shawn Tolleson
10Dario Alvarez
11Lucas Harrell
12Nick Martinez
13Yohander Mendez
14Jose Leclerc