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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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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

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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

Cole Hamels yielded just one unearned run over eight innings Sunday as the Rangers beat the Cubs.

Hamels out-dueled Chicago starter John Lackey, who also went eight innings but gave up four runs on two walks and six hits. Hamels walked none, struck out seven, and scattered four hits -- three singles, one double -- over his eight dominant frames. The left-hander boasts a 10-2 record, 3.00 ERA, and 116 strikeouts over 120 innings this season.
Jul 17 - 4:44 PM

Cole Hamels needed eight stitches in his chin after he tripped coming out of the bathroom in his San Diego hotel room at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Hamels was sporting a bandage on his chin during player introductions ahead of Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Petco Park. But he pitched a scoreless third inning for the American League anyway, working around a Carlos Gonzalez single and a Bryce Harper two-out double. He struck out Kris Bryant with two runners in scoring position to end the frame. This is Hamels' fourth All-Star Game.
Jul 12 - 9:42 PM

Cole Hamels wasn't at his best on Friday, giving up five runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings against the Twins.

Hamels struggled badly with his command all night, issuing six free passes while striking out four. The big blow against him came in the fifth inning, where Miguel Sano clobbered a go-ahead, three-run homer. Even with this rough outing, Hamels finishes a tremendous first half with a 9-2 record, 3.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 109/47 K/BB ratio in 112 innings.
Jul 8 - 11:54 PM

Cole Hamels was lit up for five earned runs over just four innings Sunday in a loss to the Twins.

It was the shortest start of the year for Hamels, who yielded a season-high 10 hits to the last-place Twins. He took his second loss, dropping to 9-2. The ace left-hander gets a rematch with Minnesota in his next scheduled outing -- this time at home -- and we would expect far better results.
Jul 3 - 5:25 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Joey Gallo
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Delino DeShields
3Drew Stubbs
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Mitch Moreland
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Lucas Harrell
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Matt Bush
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Dario Alvarez
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers