Chicago Cubs Acquire Cole Hamels In Trade With Texas Rangers

Cole Hamels' home-road splits should be cause for optimism among Cubs fans

Reiter Than You
October 30, 2018 - 10:00 am

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The Chicago Cubs (60-42) reportedly acquired Cole Hamels in a trade with the Texas Rangers on Thursday. 

“It’s a necessary move given the state of their pitching staff with Darvish getting injured,” Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter said on Reiter Than You. “But look, you’re not getting the classic Cole Hamels. You’re getting Cole Hamels who’s pitching to a 4.72 (ERA).”

Indeed, Hamels, who is in his 13th season, is 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts this year. His home-road splits, however, should be cause for optimism among Cubs fans. Hamels was 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA on the road for the Rangers – versus 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA at home.

“Obviously down in Texas, it’s a bandbox,” Reiter said. “Maybe the thinking is get him out of that park, put him in a playoff race, inspire him again. But look, I don’t think this is one of those Justin Verlander playoff-scenario-changing moves. I think it’s just perhaps get them a win or two to get out of the NL Central.”

The Cubs lead the Brewers (58-46) by three games in the NL Central.