Cole Hamels Was Better Than This Team Deserves Yesterday

Lost in the shuffle of mid-week, mid-day baseball, exasperation at the organization, and booing other pitchers, Cole Hamels threw a total gem yesterday. You can see that stat above, and that translates to 77.6% of Cole’s 116 pitches being called strikes, but that doesn’t even really do it justice. His velocity was on point and consistent, and he used breaking pitches to his advantage. His release point was consistent. He threw 26 changeups for strikes, 22 of which where swung-and-missed at. He did all of this with — by comparison — a fairly small strike zone. The most impressive look at his day, however, is below:

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What does that really show? Well, for one Hamels was dealing, and when a pitcher is just feeling it and throwing, it’s a beautiful thing to see (even in graph form). It also shows that while other players and the organization are throwing their hands up in the air and letting out a collective “whatever,” Hamels is still going out there, doing his thing. Though maybe he just didn’t get the memo that he’s unlikely to be traded.

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4 Responses

  1. Hamels should have kicked Papelbon in the teeth while he was celebrating his survival of the 9th inning as if he just threw the final out in the world series

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