Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Cole Hamels has been a dominant starting pitcher in real life baseball for the last half-decade. In four of the last five years, Hamels has finished with an ERA no worse than 3.39 and a WHIP no worse than 1.18. He’s even had an ERA under 3.10 three times and a WHIP one year that was under 1.00! (0.99 in 2011). His 2009 season was a pretty terrible follow-up to his breakout 2008, but every year since has been stellar to say the least.What has held Hamels back in fantasy is the lack of wins. For whatever reason, in four seasons from 2008 through 2011, Hamels never topped 14 wins. That changed last year as he stepped up his game and dominated the NL en route to a 17-6 record. Somewhere (probably at a nearby locker), Cliff Lee looked on in confusion.No matter what peripheral stats you look at — batted ball splits, K:BB ratio, pitch selection, velocities — Hamels appears to be the same consistently great pitcher year-in and year-out, and there’s little reason to expect anything different...
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