Who’s to blame for the poor start to the season? According to Cole Hamels, look no further.
Jim Salisbury reports Hamels is blaming himself for the bad play out of the shoot. It makes sense, considering Hamels is 0-1 with an 11.17 ERA in two starts. Hamels said he wasn’t completely ready for the season:
“I should be ready, and by not being ready I’m jeopardizing the team. I think that’s what I’ve done the last two starts because I pretty much didn’t fulfill my end of the bargain and get ready the way I should have.”
Hamels said he was distracted during the off-season, as personal appearances and other star matters pushed his preparation back. That could go some way into revealing why his elbow felt sore during spring training (unusual amount of use). To his credit, Hamels seemed to pitch better against San Diego than in his first start against Colorado, but he still didn’t look all too good. Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday against Milwaukee.