Player: Cole Hamels
Consistency: Hamels was the most inconsistent starter on the team this year. He was awful. After coming off of a dominant 2008 that ended with a championship and World Series MVP, he was just flat out awful. He would show signs of being the dominating force he was and then would be awful. His lowest ERA in a month was 3.31 June, the team’s worst month. In his 32 starts, only 12 of them went more than six innings. That is not the kind of production you get from your “ace.”
In the playoffs, he was very consistent… in being terrible. There were times when people actually didn’t want him starting in the World Series. And then his famous “I just want this season to be over,” quote was aired and the crap hit the fan for him.
Regular Season Stats: 10-11, 193.2 IP, 206 H, 95 R, 93 ER, 24 HR, 43 BB, 168 K, 4.32 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Post Season Stats: 4 starts, 1-2, 19 IP, 25 H, 16 R, 16 ER, 7 HR, 4 BB, 15 K, 7.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP
Health: He experienced inflammation in his throwing arm in Spring Training which forced him to not be the opening day starter. He then took a line drive off his shoulder thanks for Prince Fielder and then sprained his ankle fielding a ball.
Intangibles: At this point, are very low. His comments during the World Series to go along with his attitude all year really put a damper on his composure. He’s a good team mate and a hard worker but the frustrations of being hurt, pitching poorly, and then having a terrible post season really got to him. Hopefully he isn’t being too pressured by being considered one of the best young pitchers in the Majors. He will be much better next year.
Overall Grade: C-. He got this grade for just having a screwed up year. He could have done worse. He could have been injury-prone, have worse games, have a much lower strike out number, and even could have quit on the team and himself. He still worked hard and despite his comments, still wanted to win and help out. He’ll be much better next year and that is what saved his grade.