Cole Hamels SP PHI 3 days ago

Hamels allowed just an unearned run on five hits over six innings Wednesday against Miami, but received no decision. He struck out five and walked three.

Four starts into the season, Hamels remains without a win -- not a surprise on a bad Phillies team -- but at least his stats are starting to normalize. However, his walk rate remains uncomfortably high, which is something Hamels is going to have to address moving forward. He'll draw the Cardinals next week.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 1 week ago

Hamels (0-2) gave up five runs and five hits in six innings while walking four and striking out seven in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

Hamels had allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last 15 starts against Washington before giving up five in Thursday's loss. Yunel Escobar and Michael Taylor homered off Hamels, who's already allowed seven home runs in 2015 after allowing 14 all of 2014. Hamels will look to bounce back in his next start when he takes the mound against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 2 weeks ago

Hamels allowed one run on two hits over seven innings Saturday against the Nationals. He struck out five and walked one.

The earned run came on a home run by Wilson Ramos. Hamels has now allowed five home runs in his two starts this season. He will face the Nationals again in his next start.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 3 weeks ago

Hamels was roughed up on Opening Day, allowing four runs in five innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

Hamels struck out six in the outing, but handed out three free passes. Even with the poor start, Hamels should find his footing on the mound soon. His next start will come against the Nationals this weekend.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 4 weeks ago

Hamels has officially been named the Phillies' Opening Day starter, Ryan Lawrence of Philadelphia Daily News reports.

It should come as a surprise to nobody that Hamels will take the hill on Opening Day. He will be followed by Aaron Harang, but will slot in as the Phillies' ace for 2015. It's quite possible he will be moved at some point this season, but it looks as though he will begin the campaign in Philadelphia.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 1 month ago

Hamels said he has some work to do before his fastball command is where it should be once the regular season begins, the Phillies' official site reports. "It's nowhere where I expect it to be, but that's what I have to work toward the next two weeks," Hamels said. "That's what I'm going to build up to, is really to be able to focus and be able to get the fastball location down more of the nine out of 10 [times], as opposed to probably where I'm at -- at two out of 10."

Hamels has allowed nine runs on 14 hits, including four home runs, in 10.2 innings this spring. His fastball velocity is reportedly fine, so the poor spring numbers should be ignored. Hamels is one of the elite arms in baseball, but he may not get great run support from the rebuilding Phillies this season.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 2 months ago

The Yankees have come the closest of any team to landing Hamels in a trade, the Boston Globe reports.

The prospects the Yankees offered have given the Phillies a baseline for discussions with other clubs. They have spoken to the Yankees, Red Sox, Padres and Rangers more than any other teams regarding Hamels. The Red Sox have not been willing to give up top prospects Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts, which has prevented a deal to Boston from happening.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 2 months ago

The Red Sox sent a scout to Clearwater (Fla.) to watch Hamels make his spring-training debut Friday, the Boston Globe reports.

Hamels, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees, has been linked to the Red Sox all throughout the offseason and now into spring training. Boston is holding off for now, though clearly is interested. The sticking point is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro's asking price of prospects Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 2 months ago

Hamels continues to be the subject of trade talks between the Phillies and the Red Sox, the Boston Herald reports.

A special assistant to the Phillies general manager, Charlie Kerfeld, attended Boston's training camp Monday, purportedly observing some of the Red Sox prospects. The two sides continue to talk, but the Red Sox are reticent to include Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts in a deal.

Cole Hamels SP PHI 2 months ago

Hamels said he wants the Phillies to trade him, USA Today reports. "I just want to win," Hamels said. "That's all. That's all any competitor wants. And I know it's not going to happen here."Hamels is not demanding a trade, but he clearly wants to head to a contender. The Phillies have been shopping him this offseason, but have not found a suitable offer yet. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently said eight clubs have expressed interest in Hamels, and four have made offers.