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Cole Hamels (SP)

Texas Rangers - 98% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

The Texas Rangers acquired Cole Hamels near the trading deadline to be the guy they could turn to in a "big game." There was nothing bigger than today's season finale as Hamels tossed a complete game three-hitter to lead the Rangers to a 9-2 win over the Angels, and the AL West title.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels was brilliant, making just one mistake when he gave up a two-run homer to Albert Pujols. Otherwise, he held the Angels to just three hits, walked two and struck out eight.


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Cole Hamels allowed two runs in each of the first three innings but settled down after that in the Rangers 7-6 win over Detroit on Tuesday. Hamels allowed seven hits, including home runs by J.D. Martinez and Bryan Holaday, walked two and struck out eight to run his season mark to 12-8.

Fantasy Impact: This wasn't vintage Hamels by any stretch, but the Rangers, who were in desperate need of a win, were able to hang on for the victory.


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Cole Hamels is certainly earning the "staff ace" label of late. Today he was in complete command, limiting Oakland to just four hits and one unearned run over six innings as the Rangers completed the sweep of the A's by a score of 8-1.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels walked three and struck out only two on the day in upping his season record to 11-8. The Rangers now sit 3 1/2 games in front of idle Houston as they prepare to face the Astros in a three-game series in Houston starting Friday.


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Cole Hamels allowed seven hits and one run over seven innings of work as the Rangers crushed Seattle 10-1 on Saturday. Hamels struck out 12 and did not issue a walk in upping his record to 10-8.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels showed why he is considered "ace" material today as he dominated the Mariners lineup. The victory keeps the Rangers 2 1/2 games in front in the AL West race.


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Quality start for Cole Hamels

Thu, Sep 3rd 1:49am EDT
By Mitch Cox

Cole Hamels allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings in the Rangers 4-3 extra-inning victory over San Diego tonight. Hamels walked one and struck out eight, but did not figure in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: The win keeps the Rangers ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card spot in a race that is destined to go down to the wire.


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Cole Hamels allowed eight hits and two runs over six innings of work to earn his first victory as a member of the Texas Rangers today. Hamels walked two and struck out two as the Rangers knocked off Detroit 4-2 to win three of the four games with the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels fell behind early as red-hot Miguel Cabrera singled home former Ranger Ian Kinsler with a run in the first inning. He allowed a run in the fourth as well, but the Rangers were able to rally for two runs in the sixth to take the lead for good.


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Cole Hamels was back on the hill for Texas tonight, looking for his first win in a Rangers uniform. Texas defeated Seattle 4-3, but Hamels did not figure in the decision. The lefty went the first seven innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, while walking four and striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels had missed his last start with a nagging injury, so it was nice to see him back on the bump for Texas. Now Rangers fans are looking for him to start putting some "W's" on the board as well.


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Cole Hamels will have to wait a little longer to see if he can get his first win in a Rangers uniform as he has been scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday. Hamels is dealing with a sore left groin muscle. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Get him out of your lineups, at least for this week. Hamels has been "OK" so far since Texas acquired him from the Phillies. The southpaw is 0-1 with an ERA in the 3.80 zone.


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Cole Hamels allowed three solo home runs, including two in the sixth inning that gave the Mariners the lead for good, in the Rangers 4-3 loss at Seattle. Hamels, in his second start for Texas, allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels hasn't pitched like the shutdown "ace" the Rangers were hoping they were getting when they traded to acquire him from the Phillies. That being said, he gave his team a chance to win, but the Ranger offense struggled against Hisashi Iwakuma.


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Rangers set to acquire Cole Hamels

Wed, Jul 29th 10:29pm EDT
By Clinton

According to a source, the Rangers and Phillies have a deal in place that will send Cole Hamels to Texas. Official details have not yet been released, but the deal is expected to be completed by Thursday. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Regardless when this deal finalizes, Hamels will go from the offensively challenged Phillies, to the Rangers who rank tenth in baseball in runs scored. Even though the Rangers are a sub-.500 team, this move could be one that helps them contend for a Wild Card spot. Expect Hamels to earn a few more wins should this trade happen.


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Cole Hamels dominated the Cubs on Sunday, striking out 13 and no-hitting the Cubs on 129 pitches. It was the 13th no-hitter in Philies' history and the first time in 50 years that the Cubs have been no-hit. Hamels allowed two walks and got a few key defensive plays by Odubel Herrera. Hamels is now 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels may have made his final start in a Phillies' uniform, as his name has come up repeatedly in trade rumors. Hamels generally is very consistent and should be of good fantasy value if he stays with the Phillies and great value if he's traded to a contender.


After getting knocked around in the Bronx, Cole Hamels responded well by blanking the Atlanta Braves over 7 innings Sunday afternoon. Although Hamels was unable to earn the win thanks to a punch-less Phillies offense through 9 innings, he did limit the Braves to just 6 hits against 6 Ks.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels appears to be back on track. Hamels continues to be a top end starter but if he gets traded to a team with a better offense, his win total should skyrockets as the Phillies offense has left a number of wins on the field for Hamels.


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After skipping his previous start due to a mild calf strain, Cole Hamels was forced out of the game against the Yankees after surrendering 5 runs over 5 frames. The Yankees managed to do their damage on 8 hits and 3 walks.

Fantasy Impact: Cole Hamels certainly did not have hist best stuff against a Yankees offense that has been capable of making pitchers pay this year. The 11 base-runners allowed may be more important then the runs though as it marks the second time in 3 starts in which he has allowed double digit base-runners without escaping the 6th inning. Chalk this up to having his routine thrown off due to the calf strain, but it will certainly be worth keeping an eye on him in his next start to see if he can regain his composure.


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Cole Hamels will miss his scheduled Friday start due to a minor right calf strain. Minor Leaguer Phillip Aumont will get the nod for the Phillies as Hamels is given a chance to rest his ailing calf. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The bottom line is that an ace level pitcher is hurt. While this is being labeled as a minor injury, it will be important for fantasy owners to closely monitor the situation as there are several pitching prospects who are either newly available or will be called up soon who could prove to be valuable additions should Hamels miss extended time.


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Cole Hamels suffers rare loss

Thu, Jun 11th 5:48pm EDT
By Ryan Devine

For the first time in his career, Cole Hamels has lost to the Cincinnati Reds. It took 15 tries for the Reds to figure out Hamels but they did it on Monday night to the tune of 5 runs off 8 hits. Hamels did manage to last innings though.

Fantasy Impact: While this was certainly a surprising turn of events for Hamels, it isn't one to be overly concerned about. The Reds had just seen Hamels the previous week and nothing looked to be physically wrong. Chalk this up as a hiccup and get ready for the ace lefty's next start.


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The Cincinnati Reds are the latest victim of Cole Hamels impressive 6 game streak of 2 earned runs or less. This time Hamels lasted 7 innings while striking out 8 Reds and allowing just 2 runs. Hamels couldn't get the win though as it took a 4 run 9th and an error in the 12th for the Phillies to steal a win from the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Condolences should go out to those who traded Hamels during his rough April. Hamels is throwing as well as anyone in baseball and those who have them should be ecstatic every 5th day.


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With the exception of Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies were unable to solve Cole Hamels Friday night. Hamels manage to pitch through 8 innings while recording 9 strikeouts and allowing just 2 earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels got hurt by the long bal twice off the bat of Tulowitzki, but other wise Friday was another strong fantasy night for Cole Hamels. The 9 Ks tied a season best for the ace lefty as Hamels continues to roll. Few pitcher should instill as much confidence as Cole Hamels right now.


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A Saturday afternoon matinee with the Washington Nationals proved to be another highly successful trip to the mound for Cole Hamels. The Nationals managed to scratch out just 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk.

Fantasy Impact: Saturday marked the 4th consecutive start in which Cole Hamels went 7 innings or more while allowing 2 runs or less. The struggles from April seem well behind him as Hamels has been very successful at limiting the long ball and preventing base-runners since the calendar flipped to May.


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The Phillies have managed to rip off 6 straight wins, the latest coming on the back of Cole Hamels. Hamels tossed 7.1 innings of 1 run baseball while striking out 7 Rockies Monday night in Colorado.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels continues to bounce-back from his early struggles. Hamels has lowered his ERA to 3.53 and WHIP to 1.22, owners should expect both of those numbers to continue to head South as the season progresses.


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In a strong seven inning effort, the Phillies ace Cole Hamels managed to sit-down nine Pittsburgh Pirates while only surrendering two earned runs. This marks the second straight strong outing for Hamels as he looks to put a rough April behind him.

Fantasy Impact: Any shred of doubt left in fantasy owners mind's should be erased as Cole Hamels looks to be back to form. His next start will be against the Colorado Rockies in Colorado which could pose an issue, but any ideas about buying Hamels low or bailing should be put to rest.


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Cole Hamels out-duels Matt Harvey

Sun, May 10th 12:31pm EDT
By Ryan Devine

In his first match-up against the New York Mets this year, Cole Hamels brought his "A" game. 8 punch-outs over innings of 1 run baseball allowed for the Phillies to capture an elusive win over the NL East leading Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels looked every bit the fantasy ace we have expected Friday night which is great news on multiple levels. The obvious fantasy stats aide, this start should help to instill confidence in potential contenders to trade for the former World Series MVP and provide a better set of circumstances for Hamels to pitch in.


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Cole Hamels has another setback

Sun, May 3rd 11:53pm EDT
By Ryan Devine

Florida has not been good to Cole Hamels over the previous few seasons. His latest trip to see the Marlins resulted in a 6 run shelling that was easily Hamels' worst start of the season. Hamels has now failed to win a game in the Marlins home ball park since 2012.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels has traditoinally been a slow starter in April which should be somewhat comforting to owners, but even that might be coming to an end at this point. Hamels' control continues to be an issue as he has surrendered 19 walks in 37 innings. If the control continues to be an issue, this may turn into a long season for fantasy owners.


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Cole Hamels managed to work his way through 7 innings of 1 run baseball in the series opener against the Saint Louis Cardinals. Hamels also managed to fan 9 while giving up a combined 8 base-runners.

Fantasy Impact: After a rocky start, Hamels appears to be trending in the right direction. The ERA and Ks continue to improve towards typical Cole Hamels performance and the WHIP should come around as well as the season progresses into May. This may be your last chance to buy low, but even that window is likely closed at this point.


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Phillies ace Cole Hamels managed to get through 6 innings without allowing a run against the Miami Marlins while striking out 6 in his fourth star of the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Hamel's ability to silence the Marlins bats was very encouraging for owners, especially since the Marlins failed to take Hamels deep. The WHIP is still uncomfortably high for a starter who was supposed to anchor fantasy staffs, but for now fantasy owners should be focused on the fact that this was a step in the right direction.


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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:

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:

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:

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.


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:

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.