After starting the fantasy baseball season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, many owners were starting to lose faith in the potential of Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels. The words “washed up” were being tossed around and some owners chose to quickly cash in the veteran southpaw for some healthy arms.
Recently, though, Hamels has been absolutely unhittable and he proved it in his most recent trip to the mound. The left-hander went eight innings against the San Francisco Giants and settled for a 2-1 victory while allowing just one earned run. He even struck out 10 batters in the contest, which was the third time he has reached double-digit K’s this year.
Hamels has now thrown at least seven innings in 13 of his last 15 starts. He has also given up three earned runs or less in 11 straight outings and has lowered his ERA down to an astonishing 2.72. He is truly in the zone right now.
His fastball has been sizzling and his changeup has been vintage. He continues to pound the strike zone fearlessly, and despite the sour demeanor on the mound, the veteran keeps mowing down batters.
Hamels is about to go on a huge run during the second half of the fantasy season. He will be true front of the rotation starter and will carry many owners to fantasy titles this summer.