COLE HAMELS’ NEXT START FRIDAY: BUT WILL IT BE FOR PHILLIES?

By Jack Ryan

Talk about putting the cart before the horse!

The Phillies have moved back Cole Hamels’ next start to Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.

Hamels, who no-hit the Cubs this past Saturday, had been scheduled to start Thursday against the Braves.

However, with the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Friday and with Hamels the most sought-after starter on the market, the Phillies opted to play it safe.

In Saturday’s no-hitter, Hamels threw a season-high 129 pitches. So the extra day between starts also provides him with an additional day of rest.

In 20 starts this season, Hamels is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 128 2/3 innings.

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