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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 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

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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

Cole Hamels limited the Astros to one run in 6 2/3 innings in winning Wednesday.

Hamels didn't make things easy for himself; he hit three batters and walked three more. He also gave up five hits and committed an error. Still, he got the job done, in part due to the Astros making three outs on the bases. Hamels is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA.
Apr 21 - 12:55 AM

Cole Hamels allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Thursday.

It didn't seem to be Hamels' night, as he walked two while striking out just four on the evening. The clunker was his first in three starts this season, as he'd allowed just eight hits combined over his first two outings, both victories. The southpaw will take a 2.95 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into a meeting with the Astros on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 11:02 PM

Cole Hamels cruised on Saturday versus the Angels, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings.

Hamels picked up his second win of the year on Saturday against the Angels. He threw six innings of one-run baseball, striking out four and walking three. The southpaw induced three double plays, cleaning up the occasional baserunner, and only allowed one runner to advance past second base after a shaky first frame. He also continued his extreme ground-ball tendencies this year, as he now owns a 74.2 percent ground-ball rate after two starts.
Apr 10 - 12:14 AM

Cole Hamels yielded two runs over seven innings in Monday’s Opening Day 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Hamels gave up solo homers to Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, but otherwise he was able to keep the Mariners off the board. Interestingly, he has now allowed as many home runs to left-handed batters as he did for all of 2015. The southpaw struck out eight and walked three in the victory. Hamels’ upside isn’t nearly as high as it was in the National League, but he’s still capable of being a solid No. 2 option on mixed league staffs.
Apr 4 - 7:14 PM

Cole Hamels turned in a strong spring start in Wednesday's win over the Royals, tossing five innings of one-run ball.

Hamels was making his final spring start and he looked in fine form, striking out five and walking one while allowing just two hits over his five innings of work. He finishes spring training with a tough 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings, but the southpaw should be a reliable fantasy option heading into the regular season. Last year, he held a 3.66 ERA across 12 starts after being traded to the Rangers.
Mar 30 - 5:20 PM

Cole Hamels will start Opening Day for the Rangers against the Mariners on April 4.

No surprise here. This will be Hamels' third career Opening Day start. He's entering his first full season with the Rangers after being acquired from the Phillies last July. The southpaw posted a 3.66 ERA over 12 starts down the stretch with Texas.
Mar 23 - 12:36 PM

Cole Hamels allowed five runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday as the Rangers lost to the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALDS.

Hamels deserved better, as the Rangers' defense betrayed him by committing three errors in the bottom of the seventh inning. The southpaw was replaced by Sam Dyson, who gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Jose Bautista. Hamels struck out eight and walked a pair. While the Rangers' season ended in disappointing fashion, they'll have quite a one-two punch at the top of their rotation in 2016 when Yu Darvish returns.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 07:50:00 PM

Cole Hamels started slow but finished strong Friday versus the Blue Jays, allowing four runs – two earned – over seven innings in a 6-4 extra innings win.

Hamels was spotted a 2-0 lead before even taking the mound but proceeded to allow a home run in the bottom of the first and then two more in the second after his offense added another run. He exited the contest down 4-3 but finished strongly and watched the Rangers’ offense come back to win it in extras. Hamels will be in line to pitch Game 5 back in Toronto if there is one, but that’s looking unlikely at this point. Texas will take a surprising 2-0 series lead back home.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Cole Hamels flashed what the Rangers have to look forward to in the playoffs during Sunday's 9-2 win over the Angels, throwing a two-run complete game while striking out eight.

While starters left and right were logging four and five inning starts on Sunday, Hamels turned in an actual performance. He allowed just three hits over his nine innings of work, also striking out eight and walking two. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when Albert Pujols cracked a two-run home run. Otherwise, nothing doing for the Angel offense. Hamels finishes out the regular season with a 3.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 78/23 K/BB ratio across 83 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers prior to the trade deadline. Texas is your AL West champion.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Cole Hamels fought his way through six innings Tuesday, allowing six runs but earning the win against the Tigers.

Hamels was far from having his best stuff, yielding seven hits -- including two homers -- while walking two on the night. Even so, he managed to get through six innings with the lead. On the plus side, Hamels struck out eight in the outing. After some rough seas immediately after the trade deadline, Hamels had rattled off seven quality starts in his last eight appearances before Tuesday's game. Hamels will take a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday's season finale against the Angels.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 11:48:00 PM

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