Cole Hamels: Victim of First-Degree Lack of Run Support

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2008

How does a pitcher who's thrown at least seven innings in all but three of his 21 starts have just nine wins?

How does a pitcher who, with a WHIP of just 1.01, win a mere four times in the last two months?

How is Cole Hamels, probably the only pitcher who has a website that essentially proclaims him God, tied with 78-year old Jamie Moyer for the team lead in wins?

The answer is pretty simple actually. The Philadelphia Phillies' offense has been charged with first-degree lack of run support.

The National League's best offense of the past five years, and second best in 2008, can't score more than a run or two for arguably the best left-hander in the NL this year.

The Phillies have scored 492 runs run 99 games, good for 4.97 a game. When Cole Hamels pitches they score just over 4.5. That doesn't seem too bad on the outside. The Phillies have scored just 52 runs in the 13 games the Cole Hamels has allowed two or fewer runs.

Let's pause right there for a moment. Hamels has allowed two or fewer runs in almost two-thirds of his starts. Hamels has just seven wins in those 13 games.

The Phillies have left several wins on the table. They currently sit 53-46, tied with the Mets for first place.

Cole Hamels is the best starter in this rotation, without a doubt. When he throws eight innings and surrenders just two solo home runs, you have to win. You just do.

"The Cole Train" is delivering the quality innings, but his team isn't picking up the W's.

The Phillies need to deliver the runs and the money, or Cole Hamels is walking.

See, Hamels and Phillies haven't really seen eye-to-eye on money lately, and Hamels has hinted in radio interviews in the past that he's not happy about it.

Getting no run support and seeing his phenomenal performances go to waste consistently isn't going to make him want to stick around in Philly for long.

Hamels wouldn't be the first big name player to leave Philly due to poor performance and money. See Curt Schilling, Scott Rolen, and J.D. Drew.

The Phillies' front office hasn't been too afraid of throwing money out to players, but after the recent issues with Ryan Howard's arbitration case, and Cole Hamel's request for more money in the 2008 season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hamels not get the money he wants when his contract expires.