Cole Hamels’ shaky first start for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Atlanta Braves is not something to worry about. In fact it’s on par with his career norms. That’s right, despite being arguably one of the ten best pitchers in baseball over the last five years, Cole Hamels has historically been poor on his first start of the season.
How bad are we talking here? You decide.
Since 2008 in Cole Hamels first start of the season he is 1-5 with a 7.28 ERA with 7 home runs allowed. Not exactly inspiring stuff is it?
I’m not going to sit here and try to sell you on Cole Hamels, his career ERA is 3.36, which is less than half of his opening start ERA. If you aren’t a Cole Hamels fan by now I’m unlikely to change your mind.
What you should take from this is profit. Remember this statistic and sit Cole Hamels in your fantasy baseball league next year. You could even place a hefty amount of money on the opposition in his opening start next year. Or you could go a different route and spout this statistic to your friends like you know what you’re talking about.
Yeah, like you weren’t going to do that anyway.
Cole is one of the best pitchers in the league, but even the best have bad days. Cole has first day jitters, which is far preferable to last day jitters if you ask me. Cole and his ERA will settle back down to career norms, and he will likely enjoy a fine season. If you want to worry about a Phillies pitcher, worry about Roy Halladay.