I just saw the final three outs of Cole Hamels’ no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs.
It looked like Kris Bryant had taken Hamels deep, but the wind knocked it down and then Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera fell down. But somehow he came up with the ball and Hamels had his no-hitter giving the Phillies a 5-0 win. It is the third no-hitter of the 2015 season. San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer have thrown the others.
It was Hamels first win in more than two months. Since May 23, Hamels is 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA. But today Hamels was back in form striking out 13 batters.
Last September, Hamels was part of a combined no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. But this is his first complete game no-hitter.
This will likely be Hamels final appearance in a Phillies uniform as the lefty is widely expected to be traded prior to the MLB trade deadline of July 31st. It is very possible that Hamels could be traded to the very team he no-hit.
It is worth noting that this marks the first time the Cubs have been no-hit in nearly 50 years. The last time the Cubs failed to get a hit in a game was on September 9, 1965 when Los Angeles Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against them.
Hamels has pitched his entire MLB career with the Phillies which began in 2006. In that time, Hamels has established himself as the team’s best southpaw since Steve Carlton with a record of 114-90. Hamels earned a World Series ring in 2008 and has been named to three NL All-Star Teams.
Wouldn’t it be crazy if Hamels gets traded to the Cubs and then throws a no-hitter in his Cubs debut. Not only would he become the first pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters since Johnny Vander Meer, but he would throw the no-hitters while pitching with two different teams.
Well, wherever Hamels ends up, Ruben Amaro, Jr’s asking price has just gone up. Way up.
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