Talking with reporters after yesterday’s 10-9 win, Cole Hamels said he was frustrated in his nine-run collapsing fourth inning.
Of all plays, his throwing error opened the doors wide for the Braves.Â
“That’s probably the first time I’ve ever thrown one into center field from a fielding standpoint. That definitely frustrates me. It can change a game, and it did.”
What we have to remember is Hamels is still very young, and will have poor outings long as he gets easily frustrated. A true perfectionist, Hamels expects the best of himself, and when things start to get aÂ little unglued, he is suspect to these sorts of outings. Luckily, his stuff trumps his head 96 percent of the time, but this time he had to make the play.
He did make one really bad pitch to Mark Teixeira, and the slugger paid Hamels for it. Chalk this one up as the exception, probably the one time in a good while Hamels will let his head get ahead of his game.