2013 Fantasy Baseball: SP Cole Hamels Showing Signs Of Life
Hamels may have an extremely unflattering 2-9 record, but his last two outings have both been quality starts. On Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, Hamels last six innings in a no-decision. He only allowed two earned runs, but once again received no run support.
The start before that Hamels lasted seven innings against the Miami Marlins. He allowed just four hits, one earned run, and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Hamels has now struck out 35 batters in his last 30.1 innings and the southpaw has looked much more confident on the mound.
Probably the most telling sign of the lefty’s turnaround has been the number of walks that he has issued. Through the first four games of the season, the Hamels walked an alarming 12 batters and looked like he had never thrown a baseball before. He was throwing a pitch in the dirt nearly every at-bat and hitters were making him pay regularly. He has only issued two walks in the last two starts, though, and the veteran is finally showing the command that got him elected to three All-Star games.
Hamels may not be back to his Cy Young form just yet, but he is slowly getting there. If you have him on your roster still, just be patient a little longer.