Hamels (10-4) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five batters through 7.1 innings during Saturday's loss to the Angels. Considering Hamels entered Saturday's outing with a 6.03 ERA over his previous six starts, this is a nice return to form. The veteran lefty owns a respectable 3.96 ERA and 1.17 WHIP for the campaign, but his 6.0 K/9 is well below the 8.6 career mark he entered the season with. Looking ahead, Hamels lines up for two tough upcoming starts. He'll face Seattle at Safeco Field and then host the Astros at home.
Hamels (10-3) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts through six innings to take home the win Monday against the Mariners. Hamels recorded his first quality start since Aug. 21 against the Angels and broke a three-start winless streak in the process. Still, Hamels owns an underwhelming 4.05 ERA, and the Rangers will need him to pitch more like the ace he has been in the past if they want to make a run to the playoffs.
Hamels (9-3) gave up five runs -- four earned -- over six innings Wednesday against Atlanta, striking out five while allowing six hits and two walks in a losing effort. All the damage against him came in a big second inning by Hamels' old divisional foes. Nonetheless, there's cause for concern with Hamels again (or should we say still?), as he's now allowed four-plus earned runs in four of his last five starts. The veteran lefty should only be deployed with great caution at this point. He'll next face the Mariners, who've put up four runs against Hamels twice already this year.
Hamels tossed five innings Friday against the Angels, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five. He did not factor into the decision. For the second start in a row, the southpaw was unable to get much going on the mound. He needed 101 pitches to complete five frames, and just 59 of those went for strikes. After a stellar start to the month of August, the 33-year-old has fallen off. He's given up 10 runs over his past two starts, raising his ERA 50 points to a 3.92 mark, notably higher than his 3.34 career mark. Hamels still holds a solid 1.17 WHIP to go with a 9-2 record, but a low strikeout rate and an abnormally low BABIP suggest that his recent hiccups aren't just a blip on the radar. He'll look to right the ship in his next scheduled start Wednesday in Atlanta.
Hamels will make his next start Friday against the Angels, Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports. Hamels could have pitched Thursday's series finale against the Astros on normal rest, but he'll instead be bumped back a day in the schedule after getting lit up for six runs and lasting just 4.1 innings his last time out Aug. 26 against the Athletics. Nick Martinez will move up in the rotation to pick up the Thursday start.
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