Hamels (5-8) surrendered four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three across 6.1 innings as he picked up the win Friday against Baltimore. Hamels made it through six innings with just one run allowed, but he was lifted with the bases loaded in a 5-1 game and Jose Leclerc would come on to allow all three inherited runners to score. Hamels has been struggling over his last four outings, giving up 18 runs over 17 innings of work. He'll look to improve his 4.36 ERA during his next start, which figures to come after the All-Star break.
Hamels (4-8) allowed seven runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out two across just two-thirds of an inning to take the loss Saturday against the Tigers. Nick Castellanos opened the floodgates against Hamels, cracking a solo home run for the first run of the game. That was followed up by two singles and two walks, with the big blow coming on an error by Delino DeShields with the bases loaded that allowed all three baserunners to score. It's difficult to draw conclusions from such a short outing, but Hamels has now allowed 18 runs (14 earned) in his last 10.2 innings, spanning three starts.
Hamels (4-7) took the loss against the White Sox on Sunday, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out seven with no walks as the Rangers fell 10-5. It was a rough outing for the veteran left-hander, who has given up 11 earned runs over his last two starts to bring his ERA on the season up to 4.05 through 102.1 innings. It's been tough sledding of late overall for Hamels, as he's now given up at least four earned in four out of his last seven outings. He'll look to get back on track in his next start, which will see him take the mound against Detroit next Saturday.
Hamels could be traded prior to the All-Star break, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. According to source, the Rangers have had discussions with the Mariners, Tyler Maher of MLB.com reports. It's not clear if other suitors are involved; however, the Mariners are a good landing spot for Hamels. They are not one of the teams to which he can block a trade, and they have salary cap space below the luxury-tax threshold. Hamels is 4-6 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 16 starts this season. Presumably, his chances of winning games would improve while pitching for the Mariners or any other team with a better run differential than the Rangers' minus-58.
Hamels allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts through five innings in a no-decision Monday against the Padres. Hamels induced 13 swinging strikes but paid for a couple of huge mistakes, as he was touched up for home runs by Manuel Margot and Jose Pirela, which accounted for all four Padres runs. This marks the eighth time in just 16 starts that Hamels has allowed multiple home runs in a start, but his inability to keep the ball in the yard has been his only weakness all season long. Hamels owns a sharp 97:37 K:BB through 97.1 innings of work, the main reason why he still has a decent 3.61 ERA despite his home run issues. His next start will come Sunday against the White Sox.