In 2015, in his last game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels tossed a no hitter at Wrigley Field.
3 years and 1 day later, he’s joining the team he dominated against.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 27, 2018
Cole Hamels hasn’t aged well. The once CY Young candidate is past his prime, currently suffering through his second consecutive season with an ERA of at least 4.20 and a FIP of 4.60 or worse. Just about all of his stats are bordering career highs, particularly his 1.8 HR/9 rate and much inclined 45% hard contact rate allowed.
It is important to note that up until June 25th, Hamels owned an ERA of just 3.41, however most of his peripheral’s weren’t all that different than how they’ve been since then.
The initial reaction leaves many speculating bad luck for Yu Darvish, whose been out since May 20th with triceps issues. However, he has thrown bullpens in St. Louis and has been rumored to be returning in as early as a couple of weeks.
Yu Darvish just spoke to the media after his bullpen session. Threw 23 pitches pain-free, felt so good he played catch after. He seemed to feel very positive about a mechanical change, but as far as a timetable they’re going day to day right now.
— #HireRyan (@RyanQDavis) July 27, 2018
Once Yu Darvish returns, this leaves 7 pitchers fighting for 5 (possiblt 6) spots in the rotation, and what will become 4 in October. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana should all feel secure for now, leaving Hamels, Darvish, Tyler Chatwood, and Mike Montgomery to prove themselves as the number 4 for the playoffs.
The Rangers got what they could for Hamels, but a 34 year old starter bragging a FIP above 5.00 really doesn’t attract much. Eddie Butler has played small samples in the majors for 5 years now, but hasn’t attracted much positivity. Rollie Lacy wasn’t ranked as a top 30 Cubs prospect, but owns a 2.45 ERA and 9.9 K/9 over his two years in the minors, making for a great snag by Texas.