In a bit of a statistical anomaly, Cole Hamels will make his third start against the Seattle Mariners this season — his third in seven starts as a Texas Ranger since being acquired at the July 31 trade deadline.
In fact, Hamels made consecutive starts against the Mariners on Aug. 7 and Aug. 17 after an extended break between his second and third starts with Texas, and neither one went particularly well.
Hamels is 0-1 against the Mariners this year with a no-decision thrown in, but the Rangers went 1-1 in the two games. He's pitched 13 innings in the two starts and compiled an ERA of 4.85 with 15 strikeouts and six walks. He's allowed three home runs.
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Since that two-game span, Hamels has made three starts and is 2-0 with a more Hamels-like 2.57 ERA with 20 strikeouts and seven walks. He'll have a leg up on himself from those first two starts with the likelihood that Rangers killer Nelson Cruz is most likely out again with a quadriceps injury, and even if he's back, he won't be 100 percent.