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Vintage Cole Hamels?

Cole Hamels has dialed back the clock over his last three starts.

Sixteen days. That’s how many days it has been since Cole Hamels has given up an earned run. In that game, he gave up six earned runs to the Astros before the fourth inning. Since then, he has only surrendered one unearned run in three starts spanning the course of 23 innings, in which he has collected two wins.

This is the best stretch Hamels has had for the past five years, the last time being during his tenure in Philadelphia when he also went three starts without giving up an earned run. His recent performance is the best such stretch by a Cub since 2012.

His ERA has dropped from 4.02 to 2.98 over this period, landing him the seventh-best ERA in the National League at the conclusion of today’s game. This kind of pitching was exactly what the doctor ordered as it allowed the Cubs to salvage the series finale after the two previous starting pitchers had given up four runs apiece.

Looking forward, Hamels’s next start will likely be against the White Sox back at Wrigley on the 18th. At home, he carries a 2.58 ERA in six starts with no losses. If he is able to continue this through his next start, it will mark the longest such streak of his career. Even if he falters next game and gives up an earned run, this kind of dominance is exactly what the Cubs were hoping for when they picked up his $20 million option this offseason.

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