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Cole Hamels: The NL's Best

Cole Hamels has most wins for an NL team since 2006.

Cole Hamels: The NL's Best

(Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)
(Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)

Cole Hamels has recorded more victories for National League teams since the beginning of the 2006 season than any other pitcher. The leaders (complete through Wednesday):

Pitcher W L
Cole Hamels     85     58
Bronson Arroyo 84 78
Tim Hudson 84 53
Carlos Zambrano 82 54
Derek Lowe 82 72
Matt Cain 77 75
Roy Oswalt 76 54
Chad Billingsley 75 61
Adam Wainwright 74 45
Tim Lincecum 73 52
Ricky Nolasco 72 60
Aaron Harang 71 67
Ted Lilly 71 53
Wandy Rodriguez    70 74
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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