Chicago Cubs: The acquisition of Cole Hamels saved the Cubs season

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Chicago Cubs: Hamels came back to Earth down the stretch

Sustaining the level of success Hamels experienced in the month of August would have been extremely difficult to do over the remainder of the season. So as good as he was, he did eventually stumble once September rolled around.

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In the six starts over the final month of the season, Hamels was hurt by six long-balls, resulting in 17 earned runs. He posted a 4.10 ERA, took three losses and didn’t win a single game in the final month.

Hamels’ roughest game came against the Arizona Diamondbacks where frankly he got shellacked. He gave up nine hits, two of which were home runs, culminating in seven earned runs. That was, by far, his worst game as a member of the Cubs.

To be fair, Hamels pitched well and kept the Cubs in a lot of those games.

However, the Chicago bats were asleep in most of those contests. In those six games, Hamels only received 12 runs of support, four times receiving two or fewer runs.

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