Lately the Philadelphia Phillies have been a hot team and are back in the NL East title race.
One thing has not changed, unfortuantely: Cole Hamels and his lack of run support.
Hamels had yet another MVP (Most Victimized Player) performance as he surrendered only two earned runs in seven innings against the Houston Astros.
Unfortunately for Hamels and the Phillies, the Astros won 4-2 in 16 innings. Hamels obviously received a no-decision in this start, as he was lifted while trailing 2-1 after seven innings. Roy Oswalt played left field late in the game. Perhaps Oswalt should have been the starting first baseman, as Ryan Howard went 0/7 with five strikeouts.
Despite his 7-10 record, Hamels is having an excellent season. Hamels has a 3.47 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 170 strikeouts and 50 walks in 166 innings this season. Since June 7 (15 starts), Hamels is 2-6 with a 2.92 ERA. In those six losses, Hamels had allowed less than three earned runs in three of those games (including back-to-back 1-0 losses).
Hamels should call the New York Mets’ Johan Santana and the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez and form their own support group for victims of a lack of run support.