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The Cold Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels hasn't been the same during the summer months.

The Cold Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels pitched seven innings, gave up three runs and struck out nine against the Nationals on Thursday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Cole Hamels pitched seven innings, gave up three runs and struck out nine against the Nationals on Thursday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

If the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks Friday night, they will have the same record in Joe Blanton's 21 starts that they do in Cole Hamel's 21 starts (12-9). Who would have thunk that back on Memorial Day.

Hamels was breezing along at 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA. Since then, he is 3-5 with a 4.18 ERA. And his ERA in his last three starts is 5.09.

Here are Hamel's numbers break down:

       Through 
May 28 
Since 
    June 2 
 Starts 11  10 
 Record 8-1   3-5 
 Phils' W-L 9-1  3-8 
 ERA 2.43  4.18 
 Innings 70.1  75.1 
 Hits 57  72 
 Runs 20  39 
 Earned Runs      19  35 
 Walks 14  26 
 Strikeouts 72  75 
 Home Runs 12 
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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