Cole Hamels has taken some heat from irrational Rangers fans for his performance in his first month as a Ranger.
He hasn't been the ace the Rangers thought they were trading for, but he hasn't been terrible by any means and he's provided a boost of confidence to the entire team that has been evident with the way the team has played since he arrived (14-7 record since the trade).
On Sunday, Hamels worked six innings and allowed just two runs — his second straight quality start and his win as a Rangers pitcher. He allowed eight hits, but most of them were lightly hit and not the result of good contact.
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“I’d hoped to get one,” Hamels said of his first win with the club, via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m just happy to continue us rolling and be a part of that more so than the last couple games. I haven’t contributed in a way I know that I’m capable of doing.
“Feeling more united with the team. I’ve actually pulled some weight.”
The Rangers need quality Hamels the rest of the way to give them a solid shot at a playoff spot as they enter Tuesday's series with Toronto with a 1 1/2-game lead on the second wild card spot.