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Cole Hamels earns league-leading 11th loss

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels in action during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed four runs over six innings to the Mets tonight. As his offense once again failed to muster up a typical amount of run support -- though three must have looked like a king’s ransom -- Hamels was saddled with his Major League-leading 11th loss of the season. According to ESPN, Hamels entered the night having received the third-fewest runs of support on average at 2.75, trailing Stephen Strasburg (2.50) and Ricky Nolasco (2.53).

Hamels did not pitch particularly well tonight as he walked three and otherwise had mediocre control throughout his six innings. However, over his six previous starts in which he went 1-4, Hamels struck out 42, walked four (two intentionally), and allowed just two home runs in 37.1 innings. He was victimized by a .375 BABIP.

It’s been a weird year for the lefty. You can’t say he has pitched poorly over the course of the whole season, nor can you say he has been entirely unlucky.

This is almost incomprehensible: Cole Hamels is the first Phillies pitcher with 11 losses before the end of June since 1937.

— Matt Gelb (@magelb) June 22, 2013