Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cole Hamels: One odd guy

Cole Hamels pitches the same, but has a much better record in odd-numbered months than in even.

Cole Hamels: One odd guy

There´s a myth circulating that this slow Phillies start should be blamed entirely on the hitters. (Michael Perez/AP)
There's a myth circulating that this slow Phillies start should be blamed entirely on the hitters. (Michael Perez/AP)

Cole Hamels pitches the same, but has a much better record in odd-numbered months than in even.

But for a two-out, none-on error on a pop foul by Mets catcher John Buck on Sunday that kept the seventh inning alive and led to three runs and and a Phillies victory, Cole Hamels would have been winless in April. But that wouldn’t have been a surprise.

In his career, Hamels is four games under .500 (39-43) in the even-numbered months, but 33 games over .500 (53-20) when the pages on the calendar are odd.

And that should surprise you, because almost all of his pitching numbers (as well as opposing batter totals) show no significant difference in those breakdowns.

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Opposing batters’ breakdown in on-base average (.289 even/.287 odd), slugging percentage (.391/.391) and WHIP (1.15/1.13) are virtually identical.

Here are his complete regular season numbers entering his first May start Saturday

   W-L  G  IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO  HR   HB   WP 
 Even Months    39-43   110   703.0   636   288   271   174   643   84  14  12
 Odd Months  53-20  108  711.1  620  276  260  187  698  86  14  8


   PA  AB  H  2B  3B  HR  TB  SH  SF
 Even Months    2867   2645   636   128   15   84   1046   17   17 
 Odd Months  2896  2652  620  137  11  86  1037  31  11


   Win%   ERA  Bat.  OBA  Slg.  WHIP   BB/9IP   SO/9IP   HR/AB 
 Even Months    .476  3.47   .240   .289   .395   1.15  2.23  8.23  .032
 Odd Months  .726  3.29  .234  .287  .391  1.13  2.37  8.83  .032
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