Cole Hamels named MLB's NL Pitcher of the Month in August

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In a move that came as a shock to no one in the baseball community, Cole Hamels was named the MLB’s Pitcher of the Month for the National League. What did come as a shock, is the fact that this is Hamels’ first Pitcher of the Month Award in his career.

The 12-year veteran (currently in his 13th season) has been absolutely electric since joining the Cubs to boost a struggling rotation. In August, he posted a 4-0 win-loss record, a 1.00 WHIP and a dominant 0.69 ERA.

His awesome 1.00 ERA as a Cub makes him a classic regression candidate as we approach the postseason, but even so, Hamels figures to be one of the more steady hands in Chicago’s postseason rotation.

Hamels was once looked at as a consolation prize after missing out on other top arms on the trade market, specifically J.A. Happ, Chris Archer and relief pitcher Zach Britton. Now, there are writers who consider Hamels the best trade acquisition of 2018. He added some firepower to the rotation, replacing the oft-maligned Tyler Chatwood. And Hamels even had the first complete game for a Cubs pitcher on the year, surprising considering that it was Aug. 23 when this happened, not surprising if you are familiar with the Cubs pitching staff pre-Hamels.

It would be nice if when it is all said and done, Hamels is the best trade acquisition of 2018, but the Cubs would settle for continued consistency, even if it meant a bit of regression. The Cubs have won all six of the contests that Hamels has started, and if they plan to make a deep postseason run, it may be wise to ride the hot hand.

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