Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coming up Short for Hamels

Coming up Short for Hamels

Coming up Short for Hamels


In the expansion era (since 1961), only one Phillies pitcher with at least 20 starts and a record no better than .500 has an ERA lower than the 2.42 that Cole Hamels (6-6) currently sports (see list below).

In fact, over his last 63 starts, Hamels has a 3.06 ERA and a 20-20 record to show for it.

 Pitcher  Year    GS     W- L  ERA
 Chris Short  1967  26    9-11    2.39  
 Cole Hamels  2014  20    6-  6  2.42
 John Denny  1984  22    7-  7  2.45
 Larry Jackson  1968  34  13-17  2.77
 Woodie Fryman  1968  32  12-14  2.78
 Chris Short  1963  27    9-12  2.95
 Larry Jackson  1967  37  13-15  3.10
 Steve Carlton  1983  37  15-16  3.11
 Cliff Lee  2012  30    6-  9  3.16
 Curt Schilling  1996  26    9-10  3.19
 Larry Christenson   1978  33  13-14  3.24
 Jerry Koosman  1984  34  14-15  3.25
 Rick Wise  1967  25  11-11  3.28
 Terry Mulholland  1990  26    9-10  3.34
 Grant Jackson  1969  35  14-18  3.34
 Charles Hudson  1983  26    8-  8  3.35
 Ken Howell  1989  32  12-12  3.44
 Larry Christenson  1982  33    9-10  3.47
 Jim Kaat  1976  35  12-14  3.48
 Cole Hamels  2013  33    8-14  3.60
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