The Texas Rangers picked up a win at home against the New York Yankees on Tuesday on the back of a strong start from Cole Hamels.
Cole Hamels and the Rangers picked up a much needed win against the New York Yankees. Beyond the welcome addition to the win column, this game had some long term impact for the Rangers. Here’s our One Big Thing from Tuesday’s win.
Hamels Showed He Still Has Quality, Helped Trade Value
Hamels got the start for the Rangers and pitched exceptionally. Cole went 7 innings allowing just 2 runs on 2 solo homeruns. Along the way he also struck out 7 batters while allowing just 2 walks. Hamels who has been decent this year entered the game having made 9 starts. On the season, Hamels had a 3.48 ERA and had struck out 57 in just 52.1 innings.
Beyond the immediate impact he had for the Rangers, Hamels start may have helped Texas in the long term. With the team struggling early this season, Cole Hamels is a name that has popped up in trade discussions. The question is, how much value did he carry as a veteran who is due over $20 million this season. Despite being decent this year, he hasn’t lit up the world which makes interested teams a little slower to take on that contract. A start like this shows that Hamels is still a quality starter. Teams looking for a third starter as they gear up for a playoff run would love to have this kind of quality on the roster. For Texas, that means the chance to increase the prospect haul coming in return if Cole gets dealt as well as decreasing how much of his salary they have to retain.
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Cole Hamels and the Rangers picked up a much needed win against the New York Yankees. Texas looked solid despite failing to take advantage of two bases loaded opportunities during the contest. Early runs for Texas saw them jump out to an early lead despite not really producing many hits. Jurickson Profar jumpstarted the scoring with a big 3-run homerun in the first inning. Ronald Guzman also added a solo shot in the fourth.
Cole Hamels, as mentioned above, was stellar on the mound holding the Yankees to just 2 runs through 7 innings. Jake Diekman come on in relief of Hamels and did surrender a 2-run homerun that cut the Rangers lead to 6-4. In the ninth though, Keone Kela came on and slammed the door shut helping the team move to 19-31 on the year.
Gleyber Torres (NYY) 2-4, HR
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX) 2-3, 2 BB
Jurickson Profar (TEX) 1-4, 3-run HR
WP: Cole Hamels 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO
LP: Domingo German 3.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 SO
SV: Keone Kela
The Rangers will face the Yankees in the rubber match of the series on Wednesday with first pitch set for 6:05 CT.