In his second consecutive start of the year against the Washington Nationals, Cole Hamels faltered. 5 earned runs over 6 innings while also allowing a combined 9 hits and walks. The 7 Ks are Hamels' only saving grace for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Impact: 5 earned runs from a guy who is expected to be an ace is always disappointing, but the home-run issue for Hamels has to start being addressed. Through 3 games this season Hamels has half the number of home-runs allowed as he had all of last season. Keep an eye on Hamels in his next trip to the mound, if he doesn't start to neutralize the opposing bats power this could turn into a very long season for the Philies ace.
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The Washington Nationals managed just 2 hits over 7 innings to go along with 5 Ks against the Phillies prized lefty. The only blemish on the night for Hamels came on 0-1 offering to Wilson Ramos that was sent into the stands.
Fantasy Impact: An encouraging sign for fantasy owners as Hamels looked more like the top tier starter who finished the year last year than the guy who gave up four bombs to the Red Sox on opening day. Although Hamels does have 5 HRs allowed through the 12 innings after giving up just 14 in 204.2 innings last year. Hamels will try to limit the long ball in his next outing, a rematch against the Nationals in Washington
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The first trip to the mound for Cole Hamels this year was a forgettable one. Hamels served up 4 home runs to the visiting Red Sox along with 3 walks and failed to get through more than 5 innings of work while striking out 6.
Fantasy Impact: Certainly not what fantasy owners were hoping for in Hamels debut but, all things considered, Hamels was lucky. All 4 bombs were of the solo variety, limiting the damage. Hamels will look to get on track in his next outing against a loaded Nationals lineup on Sunday.
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Ryne Sandberg announced the first two men in his rotation for 2015. It should come as no surprise that Cole Hamels will be the Opening Day stater, but after the injury to Cliff Lee, the rest of the rotation was up in the air. In addition, it appears Aaron Harang will be the No. 2 while Jerome Williams and David Buchanan are a lock for the 3-4 spots with Sean O'Sullivan the favorite to land the 5th spot. (Source: Phillies.com)
Fantasy Impact: The news of Hamels being given the Opening Day nod should be seen as just a formality. With Opening Day less than a week a way, this should be seen as the last bit of news from Clearwater to cement the confidence of those who drafted Hamels.
After pitching to a tune of a 7.59 era across his first 4 Grapefruit League starts, Cole Hamels appeared to be in mid-season form against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamels recorded 4 strikeouts across 5 shutout innings in his most recent outing while also only allowing a pair of base knocks.
Fantasy Impact: Not that there should have been any real sense of urgency for Hamels owners, but this should come as a very welcomed report from Clearwater none the less. With Opening Day jst over a week away, Hamels' velocity is registering in his normal range for all of his pitches and is showing no signs of being anything less than what has been projected for him all off-season.
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The Yankees have opened conversations with the Phillies to acquire Cole Hamels, offering the most lucrative prospect package. The Phillies may be in the market for 2B Rob Refsnyder if they are moving Chase Utley and could be also considering left hander Ian Clarkin and top prospects Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez. (Source: Boston Globe)
Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are looking for a headline pitcher at the top of the rotation and Hamels would more than fill that void. Hamels had a 2.46 ERA in 2014 and has finished in the top-ten of the NL Cy Young in three of the past four seasons. He also has a 1.10 WHIP over the past four seasons, striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. The Yankees could move Sanchez and Clarkin in a trade, considering their depth at SP and catcher in the system, but would be hurt by the loss of Severino and Refsnyder. Severino could be a top pitcher for the Yankees in the future and Refsnyder may break Spring Training as the Yankees starting 2B in 2015. No matter what team Hamels plays for in 2015, he is a top-ten SP.
On a rainy day in Clearwater, Phillies Ace Cole Hamels cruised through two innings, allowing 1 hit while striking out 2 in a split squad exhibition game with the New York Yankees.
Fantasy Impact: No surprises for Hamels or fantasy owners as Cole managed to do pretty much what everyone should have expected. One interesting development though is the fact that there were numerous scouts in attendance. This should signify that while talks may have cooled for the Phillies lefty, interest has not. As the Spring progresses and injuries begin to pile up, the possibility of Hamels being moved will increase as well as the chances of his fantasy value taking a swing for better or worse.
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The Philadelphia Phillies enter spring training tomorrow clearly in a rebuilding mode after trading Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Pitcher Cole Hamels is one of several still on the trading block, although the asking price is high for Hamels. He made it very clear today that he wants to win and doesn't see that happening with the Phillies. Although reportedly four teams have made offers, and four others are interested, Hamels for now remains a Phillie. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hamels will be one of the top fantasy starters whether he stays with the Phillies or is moved to a contender. He becomes Cy Young Award material with the potential to win 20 games should he be moved to a contender. Expect Hamels to be a strong contributor this season in nearly every category.
While the Philllies have traded Antonio Bastardo, Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins, it appears that ace Cole Hamels will remain with the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't foresee the team being able to make a deal for Hamels. The asking price has been very high and although the Red Sox, Padres, Rangers and Cardinals have shown interest, it appears Hamels will at least start the season in Philadelphia. (Source: Rotoworld.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hamels is under contract for four more seasons, so there is no hurry for the Phillies to move him. Should he remain with the Phillies the entire season, it's likely Hamels will have a low win total and perhaps a sub-.500 record. That wouldn't be because of his pitching performance, but due to the fact the Phillies are rebuilding and haven't addressed their offensive woes. Hamels will be strong in all other areas and should still be one of the better fantasy pitchers in 2015.
According to John Heyman, the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies continue to have an open dialogue regarding a possible trade to send Cole Hamels to the Padres. (Source: John Heyman, CBS Sports)
Fantasy Impact: The Padres continue to shop for pieces to help contend with their NL West rival Dodgers. and acquiring Hamels could be highly beneficial for both members. Over the past three seasons, Hamels has a 2.84 ERA in San Diego, over half a run per game better than his 3.36 ERA at Citizens Bank Park. With so many question marks surrounding pitchers coming off injury, Hamels should already be viewed as a top of the rotation pitcher and a move to San Diego could help to make him a top 5 pitcher in 2015.
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By Chris Zolli
Cole Hamels would be a welcome addition to the thining Yankees rotation. (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Yankees are without a stable option in the rotation and Hamels will provide that stability needed. Masahiro Tanaka could be a top-10 SP, but his injury and lack of experience leaves questions, while the rest of the rotation is simply lackluster. Hamels has been in the top 10 of the Cy Young voting in four of his nine MLB seasons and had a stellar 2.46 ERA last year while posting his fifth straight season of 200 or more innings pitched. Hamels is a bonafide top-10 SP and would create one of the best 1-2 punches in the MLB if added with Tanaka in 2015.
Phillies ace Cole Hamels knows that he's been part of trade rumors for some time. Although he's played his entire career for the Phillies and enjoys playing for the organization, he ultimately wants to play for a winner. Considering the downward spiral the Phillies have taken, with rebuilding clearly in progress, Hamels is unlikely to be with the Phillies come opening day. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hamels has compiled a record of 17-23 over the past two seasons, but has a solid 3.05 ERA over that time with 400 strikeouts and only 381 hits allowed in 424 2/3 innings. Should Hamels be traded to a contender, he should be one of the top pitchers in any draft and expect his win total to increase to the 15-20 game range.
USA Today sports journalist Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Phillies have begun building a portfolio on possible trade targets from the Dodgers minor league system for a possible deal involving Cole Hamels. With reports of a deal with Boston falling by the wayside, the Phillies appear to be moving on to the Dodgers, one of the few teams who seem to have enough minor league depth to meet Philadelphia's price tag. (Source: Bob Nightengale)
Fantasy Impact: Last season was arguably Hamels' finest major league campaign despite missing the first few weeks of the season. However, a sub-2.00 ERA in 2014 when pitching away from the cozy confines of Citizens Bank Park along with a significantly upgraded defense in LA suggests a trade to the Dodgers could actually allow Hamels to top his 2014 season. While we are still a few steps away from any trade being made, fantasy owners should be ready to move the former World Series MVP up their draft board if a deal is completed.