Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The first things some fans want to bring up in regards to Cole Hamels 2013 season is how similar Hamels’ run is to that of Cliff Lee in 2012. I will agree that Hamels deserves a couple more wins than he has, but Lee in 2012 outperformed Hamels to this point by a mile. Lee finished 2012 with a 6-9 record and a 3.16 ERA with 207 Ks in 217 IP. No question Lee has pitched better this season, as he currently sits at 9-2, 2.53. The record Lee finished with last season had more to do with a lack of run support and too many no decisions rather than sub par performance. Many have said the same thing about Hamels this season, as he currently owns a 2-11, 4.50 record. In fact, after Hamels’ latest loss to the Mets (4-3), a headline in one of the local Philadelphia papers read “Snakebitten.” The question I have is: How is a pitcher who owns a 4.50 ERA through his first 16 starts snakebitten? Yes, Hamels at times has pitched through some bad luck. Last night was not an example though. ...
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