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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
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Cole Hamels struck out seven across seven shutout frames in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Yankees.
All six base knocks were singles, and Hamels issued only one walk. The veteran left-hander has been on some kind of roll, dropping his ERA from 3.39 to 2.60 over his last five starts. Hamels now sports a nifty 102/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings on the season. He'll go up against the Twins in each of his next two outings. Jun 28 - 10:02 PM

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Cole Hamels limited the Reds to one run in six innings and struck out eight in a victory Wednesday.

Hamels moved to 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA, which suggests he's the same kind of ace he's always been. Still, his peripherals don't come anywhere close to backing that up, mostly because he's allowed 15 homers in 96 2/3 innings. In 2014, he allowed 14 homers total in 204 2/3 innings. Hamels has also walked 37 and hit eight batters. Most likely, Hamels' peripherals will get better, yet at the same time, his ERA could get worse.
Jun 22 - 11:46 PM

Cole Hamels allowed three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Rangers shut out the Cardinals 1-0 on Friday.

Matt Bush and Sam Dyson finished the three-hitter. Hamels struck out six in improving to 7-1 on the season. Tonight's outing snapped a streak of seven straight in which Hamels had given up at least one homer. Still, even with the 15 homers surrendered this year, he has a 2.88 ERA.
Jun 17 - 11:42 PM

Cole Hamels picked up his sixth victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Mariners to just one run on four hits over seven strong innings.

The All-Star southpaw struck out five on the afternoon while issuing a pair of walks. The only blemish on his day was a solo blast off the bat of Leonys Martin in the fifth inning. Hamels is pitching like the ace that the Rangers need him to be, posting a 3.14 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 81/32 K/BB ratio over 83 innings. He'll do battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis his next time out on Friday.
Jun 12 - 7:30 PM

Cole Hamels pitched well in a no-decision against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing just two runs on four hits over seven strong frames.

The veteran southpaw walked four and struck out four on the evening. A two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the second inning accounted for all of the damage against him, but unfortunately, the Rangers waited until an inning after he departed to provide enough run support to win. Hamels now sports a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 76/30 K/BB ratio through 76 innings on the season. He'll take on the Mariners in Seattle his next time out on Sunday.
Jun 7 - 11:00 PM

Cole Hamels was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing five runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Hamels walked two and struck out five in the contest. He was locked into a pitcher's duel with Jonathan Niese heading into the fifth inning, before the Bucs offense erupted for five runs. Even with the rough outing, Hamels still sports a 3.34 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 67/23 K/BB ratio through 62 innings on the year. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
May 28 - 12:20 AM

Cole Hamels limited the Astros to two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings Sunday in the Rangers' 9-2 win.

Evan Gattis took Hamels deep in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the left-hander was otherwise sharp. He whiffed eight, yielded only two walks, and scattered five hits across his eight frames. Hamels stands 5-0 with an ace-like 2.83 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this season. A home start against the Pirates is next.
May 22 - 5:03 PM

Cole Hamels could not keep the ball in the yard in Tuesday's 8-5 loss to the A's, yielding three home runs and four total runs over 6 2/3 innings in his no-decision.

Three home runs allowed are never a good thing for a starting pitcher (great analysis in the history of mankind), but at least Tuesday's trio against Hamels were all of the solo variety. Danny Valencia and Khris Davis clocked dingers in the second inning, with Davis connecting once more off the southpaw ace in the sixth. Hamels will carry a 3.10 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 51/19 K/BB ratio (49 1/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a home date with the Angels.
May 18 - 1:07 AM

Cole Hamels gave up five runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

It wasn't his sharpest outing, but he did strike out nine Chicago batters against zero walks and the Rangers wound up winning the game 6-5. Hamels will look to bounce back next week against the Athletics. That start is at the pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum.
May 11 - 5:25 PM

Cole Hamels was brilliant in Friday's win over the Tigers, whiffing nine over seven innings of one-hit ball.

Hamels also issued a pair of walks on the night. He was in complete command of all of his pitches and generated a plethora of weak swings from a Tigers lineup that has traditionally mashed left-handed pitching. Now 4-0 on the year, he'll bring a sparkling 2.68 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the White Sox.
May 6 - 11:02 PM

Cole Hamels allowed four earned runs over five innings Sunday in the Rangers' loss to the Angels.

Hamels was scratched from his last turn in the Texas rotation due to soreness in his left groin and he had his worst start of the season in his return Sunday. The left-hander walked four and gave up seven hits to a struggling Anaheim offense, watching his season ERA rise from 2.52 to 3.30. Hamels should be better prepared physically for his next turn on the road against the Marlins.
May 2 - 8:46 AM

Cole Hamels (groin) will start against the Angels on Sunday.

Hamels was scratched from a scheduled Monday start against the Yankees due to left groin soreness. He threw a 26-pitch bullpen that same day and felt good. Then, on Wednesday, the 32-year-old southpaw threw another problem-free bullpen. "Felt free and easy, nothing holding me back," Hamels said, adding, "If it was later [in the season], I don’t think we would have taken this sort of precaution. I probably would just bite the bullet and fight through it."
Apr 27 - 9:36 PM

Cole Hamels (groin) threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session Monday with no issues.

The Rangers will see how he responds on Tuesday, but the plan calls for him to throw another bullpen session Wednesday, which potentially sets up his return on Saturday versus the Angels. "It went really good," said Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail. "They wrapped [his hamstring] so it was protected, but he stayed in his lane well and got down the mound well. It went really good."
Apr 25 - 7:32 PM

Cole Hamels (groin) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday.

Hamels was scratched from Monday's scheduled start due to left groin soreness. If all goes well during his bullpen session, he could be cleared to return Saturday against the Angels.
Apr 25 - 5:39 PM

Cole Hamels has been scratched from his scheduled start on Monday due to left groin soreness.

It's an issue Hamels dealt with last season, as well. The Rangers don't think it's a serious, as the left-hander is expected to miss just the one outing. The club has yet to name a replacement for Hamels.
Apr 24 - 11:19 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Drew Stubbs
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Nick Martinez
8Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Shawn Tolleson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tony Barnette
7Tanner Scheppers
8Cesar Ramos