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.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.