Many have argued that since he signed his lucrative, six-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies, that Cole Hamels has not pitched like he deserved that deal. Those assessments may have been warranted with an under .500 record since signing. However, the 2014 MLB season is a different story.
While Hamels continues to pitch under .500, with a 2-4 record in 2014, in no way should he be taking any of the blame. Since 2012, Hamels has led baseball with the most quality starts leading to either a loss or a no-decision.
Thursday night was no different against the Miami Marlins, as the Phillies were unable to put enough runs together while Hamels was still pitching, to get him the win. Yes, the Phillies scored a run in the seventh inning to take away the loss for Hamels. However, it is a crime that the offense cannot provide more run support for their ace.
Hamels has an amazing 2.84 ERA this season, and continues to give Philadelphia a chance to win every time he takes the mound. The Phillies have struggled mightily since the beginning of the 2012 season, and the way the team performs behind Hamels is a big reason why.
He does not need much, but Hamels needs a little more support than he is getting. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be coming anytime soon for this Phillies team.