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35 Cole Hamels SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 | Birthdate: 12/27/1983 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Philadelphia | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/87 | Average Draft Position: 36.18
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Phillies SP Cole Hamels goes eight strong innings in win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Phillies ace left-hander Cole Hamels was masterful against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. Hamels held the Nats to just one run on five hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out five along the way. He threw 104 pitches, with 73 going for strikes.

The only run to score on Hamels came in his final inning on an RBI-double by Ian Desmond. Hamels was able to quiet the team that leads the National League in scoring.

"They're a great lineup," Hamels said, per MLB.com. "One through nine, they've got some pitchers who hit. Every single one of them can start a rally faster than you can possibly imagine, so you just have to keep bearing down with them, you can't give in. Sometimes you look at the National League as being the weaker division, but that kind of team is an American League-style team."

Hamels (5-3) lowered his season ERA from 3.24 to 2.98. He's set to make his next start Friday against the Rockies. 


Phillies' Cole Hamels wouldn't waive no-trade clause for Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Blue Jays inquired about Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, but were told Hamels would not waive his 20-team no-trade clause to go to Toronto, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman wrote Hamels turning down a trade to the Blue Jays was disappointing to the Phillies since Philadelphia likely saw Toronto as a good trade partner with all its young pitching talent (i.e. Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris).


Phillies P Cole Hamels earns win in Monday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) For the first time this season, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels was able to pitch past the seventh inning during Monday's 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Hamels allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings of work to pick up his fourth win of the season. He also struck out seven batters and walked one during the outing. He lowered his ERA to 3.24 after Monday’s start.

"I had the utmost confidence -- just the way we've been playing -- that we were going to put up some runs," Hamels said, per MLB.com. "I wasn't trying to be too fine, just really trying to challenge them."

After surrendering seven home runs in his first three starts of the season, Hamels has given up one home run in his last six starts. He has now pitched at least seven innings and given up two or fewer runs in three-consecutive starts.

His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday at Washington.


Could the Astros make a move for Kazmir, Buchholz or Lohse?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) It would be a surprise to most if the Astros become players in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, considering his annual salary of $24 million is about half of what the Astros' total payrolls sunk to in recent lowly years.

However, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Scott Kazmir (a Houston native), Clay Buchholz and Kyle Lohse (ties to general manager Jeff Luhnow) are the three pitchers to watch for in Houston, should they become available.


Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels strikes out nine in win Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Philadelpia's 3-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Hamels cruised through much of his start, striking out nine batters. His only issue came in the fifth inning when he loaded the bases. After striking out Sean Rodriguez, Hamels allowed an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen, scoring two runs.

Hamels, now 3-3, lowered his ERA to 3.53 in 51 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the Rockies.


Phillies P Cole Hamels strikes out eight batters in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched seven solid innings to help lead the Phillies to a 3-1 win over the Mets on Friday.

"Cole was really in control of the game the whole night," manager Ryan Sandberg said, per MLB.com. "He had the one inning in the fourth with the run scoring on the wild pitch. He got out of that. But other than that, he was in control."

Hamels allowed one run on four hits during the outing. He also struck out eight batters and walked two. Hamels received his second win of the season for his effort and he was able to lower his ERA from 4.14 to 3.68.

"We've got a lead, so you want to make sure they earn it," Hamels said. "Not walking guys, I know that's kind of been my problem in the past. So I was just trying to go after them, and if they get on with hits, they get on with hits. I didn't really want to give them free passes."

Hamels has now gone seven innings and given up one run in two of his last three starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Pirates.


Team source says Phillies' Cole Hamels is 'too pricey' for Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The Astros will be seeking one, if not two, starting pitchers this summer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, even though the Astros system is loaded with elite prospects, it doesn't appear Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels will be on the Astros' radar.

"Too pricey," one Astros person suggested.


Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels struggles again


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings of work in Philadelphia's 7-0 loss to the Marlins Saturday. 

Hamels struggled early on when in the second inning third baseman Martin Prado crushed a three-run homer. Then in the third, Hamels surrendered back-to-back doubles, producing another run. Hamels would allow two more runs before getting the hook.

Hamels, now 1-3, ballooned his ERA to 4.14 and will look to get back on track Wednesday against the Pirates.


Tanaka injury not increasing Yankees interest in Cole Hamels


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Yankees sources said the team is nothing thinking more about making a trade for Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the wake of the arm injury to starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

"Not looking," a Yankees source said.

Yankees sources added they suspect the Phillies don't mind having New York connected to trade rumors involving the left-handed hurler since it could increase a potential deal with AL East foe Boston. A lot of baseball personnel still see the Red Sox as the most logical trade partner for Hamels.


Rivals: Rangers' Alfaro, Mazara too high of a price tag to land Hamels


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Rival teams told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman the Rangers should not trade prospects Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara to acquire Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Some sources indicated that is too much for the Phillies ace.

Alfaro is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 45) and Baseball America (No. 67). He is batting .328 with one home run, six doubles and six RBI in 16 games at Double-A this season. He has a career .264/.328/.433/.761 slash line.

Mazara is also a top-100 prospect for MLB.com (No. 54) and Baseball America (No. 87). He is batting .323 with one double and seven RBI in 17 games at Double-A. He has a .259/.347/.430/.777 slash line in his career.


Phillies scour Red Sox chain for potential Cole Hamels swap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Though the Phillies would still insist on top talents such as outfielder Mookie Betts or catcher Blake Swihart as a starting point in a trade that sends ace Cole Hamels to Boston, they are also impressed with outfielder Manny Margot, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Red Sox remain the favorite to land Hamels due to their talent depth in the farm system and their desire to snag a top-flight starter.

Betts, however, might come with a bit of concern, according to one scout, who texted that though he's a good athlete, "I'm not sure about his ability to hit. You have to hit. He likes the ball in ... can't hit the ball away."

As for Swihart, the same scout reported that he's ready for the big leagues offensively, but not defensively.

Margot is off to a superb start at Class A Advanced Salem. He boasts a slash line of .324/.377/.515 in 68 at-bats with 16 runs scored and nine stolen bases.


Phillies in no rush to trade Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The Phillies remain in no rush to deal ace Cole Hamels and closer Jonathan Papelbon as teams suffer rotation injuries around the league, MLB.com reports.

"What people don't understand is nobody is holding a gun to our head to trade a player," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday. "Typically, if a team wants a player they typically will try to go get that player. If you really wanted to make a trade with the Phillies or any other club you would be the aggressor."

Amaro has been in discussions with multiple teams about his players.

"We have continued dialogue with a lot of clubs on several fronts," he said.

Amaro is waiting until some team comes to him with the right deal for one of his two star pitchers.

"I have no mandate to trade players," he said. "These are not financial deals. These are baseball deals. That's the beauty of the flexibility our ownership group is giving us. This is really about doing baseball deals. We don't have to move money."


Phillies P Cole Hamels gets first win of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels recorded his first win of the 2015 season Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals. 

Hamels is now 1-2 after allowing just one earned run in seven innings worth of work. Hamels allowed four hits and four walks. He struck out a season-high nine batters during his time in the game. 

Hamels now holds a 3.19 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Marlins. 


Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels strikes out five in no decision Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed one run, none earned, on five hits in six innings of work in Philadelphia's 6-1 loss to the Marlins Wednesday.

Hamels only issues came in the second inning when he put runners on first and third. Jarred Cosart ground the ball back Hamels, who made a fielding error trying to get the ball to first. His error allowed Marcel Ozuna to score.

"Hamels really hung in there," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the game, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "His stuff is really good with his velocity. . . . Some prolonged at-bats had something to do with the pitch count. But you know what? He battled through it and hung in there with just the one run. [He] gave us a chance to win."

Hamels, who added five strikeouts and three walks to his totals, now boasts a 3.75 ERA and remains 0-2 on the year in four starts. He will look for his first win of the year Monday against the Cardinals.


2016 free agent market could be holding a deal for Cole Hamels back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) What may be holding the trade market for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels this season is the free agent market for next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. At this point, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmerman, Jeff Samardzija, Doug Fister, Ian Kennedy and Wei-Yin Chen are all slated to become free agents at the end of the season.

Hamels is off to a rough start, surrendering 10 runs through his first 18 innings pitched. He is 0-2 with a 1.16 WHIP and an 18:9 K:BB ratio through three starts.


Phillies' Cole Hamels surrenders five runs in loss vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels took a loss Thursday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Nationals.

Hamels (0-2) has had trouble with the long ball in the early portion of the season, and all five of the runs scored against him coming into Thursday's start had been on solo home runs. He surrendered two more solo home runs Thursday as well as an RBI single and a two-run double as the Nationals were able to score in four of the six innings he pitched.

"They're definitely adding up," Hamels said about the home runs after the game, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's just knowing that I've got to be able to make the pitches early. I think when you're not able to get ahead in the count and you're forced to throw a strike, I have to at least make sure that those strikes are down in the zone, not up. And I think that's kind of what happened was, (I was) getting behind in the count and then leaving pitches up in a very hittable location. I just have to get the ball down I guess. That's the way it sums up."

Hamels owns a 5.00 ERA and 18:9 K:BB ratio in 18 innings across three starts. He'll look for his first win Wednesday against the Marlins.


Phillies' Hamels hasn't allowed more than 3 ER in last 13 starts vs. Nats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels pitched well enough in his last start Saturday to pick up the win, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings against the Nationals. Unfortunately, the Phillies waited until after Hamels left the game to rally for a 3-2 win.

Hamels will be looking for his first win of the season Thursday, when he makes his third start and second against the Nationals.

The left-hander has had pretty good success in his career against Washington, going 15-8 with a 2.59 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 33 starts. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last 13 starts against Washington.


Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels earns no decision in extra-inning win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels gave up one run on two hits in seven innings of work in Philadelphia's 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Nationals Saturday.

Hamels only blemish came in the fourth inning when Wilson Ramos took him to deep right field for a solo home run. Hamels added five strikeouts and two walks to his totals. He also lowered his ERA to 3.75. He will look to pick up his first win of the year Thursday when he faces the Nationals again.


Red Sox won't surrender Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Red Sox won't surrender outfielder Mookie Betts or catching prospect Blake Swihart in a deal with the Phillies for veteran pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Betts cracked the Opening Day roster and is hitting .286 (3 for 13) with a home run and an RBI through three games.

Heyman added that although Swihart is prepared defensively, he is a switch hitter with the ability to produce at the plate. Swihart, considered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, slashed .293/.341/.469 with 13 homers and 64 RBI over 416 at-bats between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season.


Phillies' Cole Hamels rocked in Opening Day loss to Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels gave up four runs during his season-debut start on Monday in an 8-0 loss to the Red Sox. 

All of the runs Hamels gave up came on home runs as he gave up four. Each run was earned, giving Hamels an ERA of 7.20 to start the season. Hamels went five full innings and threw 100 pitches. 

Hamels struck out six batters and walked three. 

''It's discouraging,'' Hamels said, via the Associated Press. ''You want to get the first win for your teammates and the organization. We didn't get the win and I'm the culprit.''

His next start is expected to take place Saturday against the Nationals. 


Phillies P Cole Hamels not swayed by trade talks


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Despite being mentioned in trade talks since last season's trade deadline, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels does not believe that it has taken a toll on him at all, reports philly.com.

"Me personally, no," Hamels said. "I think to be a starter you have to be selfish to be able to get this far. As much as it looks like it can have a negative impact, we're the ones out on the mound having to make a pitch and having to decide what we're going to do."

Hamels finished last season with a 9-9 record. But his record was not indicative of his performance in 2014. He had an ERA of 2.46 with 198 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings pitched last season.

Manager Ryne Sandberg has been pleased with how Hamels has handled the fact that he has come up in trade talks.

"He is one of the players who was talked about a lot not only in the off season but part way through camp," Sandberg said, alluding to all the trade rumors. "All the veteran guys that have been in that boat have been very good as far as sticking to business and focusing on being a Philadelphia Phillie right now and helping the team."

"It's just going out there and fulfilling your obligation and that is kind of what I've been trying to do no matter what the circumstance," Hamels said.


Phillies' Cole Hamels earns win in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels earned the victory in his final spring start Wednesday against the Braves. Hamels (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk, while striking out three in six innings.

Hamels gave up a solo home run to Joe Benson in the second inning of a 9-2 win. He finishes the spring with a 4.15 ERA in six starts.

"It takes six starts [in spring training] to really feel comfortable and confident," Hamels said after the outing, per MLB.com. "When it comes to the start of the season, you just want to have that positive feeling and positive feedback from the spring that you're healthy and everything is working. Right now, I definitely feel a lot more sharp than two weeks ago."

Hamels will make his first start of the season on Opening Day (Monday) against the Red Sox.


Phillies name Cole Hamels Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Phillies have named Cole Hamels the starter for Opening Day, as expected, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Phillies SP Cole Hamels tosses five scoreless innings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels tossed five scoreless innings during Thursday's spring start against the Blue Jays. He allowed two hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Hamels did not allow a hit until Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the fifth inning. Thursday was Hamels' first scoreless appearance since his spring debut March 6. He has a 5.17 ERA through five spring starts (15 2/3 innings).


Phillies P Cole Hamels throws five scoreless in loss to Blue Jays


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched five scoreless innings in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, reports the NY Times

Hamels, 31, only gave up two hits during his outing on Thursday. The left-hander has been a part of trade speculation this entire offseason. Prior to Thursday, he had an ERA of 7.59 with 10 strikeouts and four walks.