A very disturbing trend is starting to develop every time Cole Hamels takes the mound: the already lackluster Philadelphia Phillies offense becomes even more inept.
When your ace is handed the ball, you are supposed to play with more confidence, which should translate into better offensive output and notches in the win column. However, the Phillies would rather drive Hamels’ blood pressure through the roof, giving him absolutely nothing to work with when he takes the rubber.
With the exception of his only win this season (coming against the New York Mets), Hamels has not seen more than three runs generated in any of his outings since the first week of the season. In fact, Hamels has recorded a quality start in each of his last six starts, averaging approximately two earned runs and seven innings pitched per start.
In that span, Hamels has been hit with four brutal losses where his team was held to one run or less, including being shut out in back-to-back starts from the lefty.
After losing 2-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight, the red flag has to be raised, if it has not been already.
Hamels is as much human as the rest of us. It is only a matter of time before his mounting frustration changes his attitude and starts to affect his productivity. If the Phillies want Hamels to keep a positive psyche, they must start getting the poor kid some runs.
October baseball is completely out of the question for Philadelphia if Hamels is not winning games. At some point, something has to give.