Cole Hamels’ Value in MLB Betting Skyrockets after a No-Hitter
As most fans know, the Philadelphia Phillies had been shopping Cole Hamels for months now, looking for just the right deal for their last great trade chip from the 2008 World Series team. Thanks to the no-hitter that Cole Hamels threw this past weekend against the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers were convinced to part with several primo prospects in the deal, which was agreed to on the evening of July 29. That no-hitter even affected online betting odds, so it could bring much more benefit to the team the gets him.
A Look at Cole Hamels’ Value in MLB Betting Skyrockets after a No-Hitter
— ESPN (@espn) July 30, 2015
What’s The Trade?
The Rangers will receive Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman. The Phillies receive a package that includes lefthander Matt Harrison as well as four talented prospects: outfielder Nick Williams, minor league righthanders Jake Thompson and Alec Asher, and catcher Jorge Alfaro. Of the group, Alfaro is the highest rated prospect, and quite a few teams have tried to entice the Rangers into trading him away.
Matt Harrison is the most enigmatic part of the trade that is heading from Texas to Philadelphia. When the Rangers went to the World Series in 2011, most people remember the dramatic loss in Game 6, in which the Rangers were one strike away from clinching the series in both the 9th and 10th innings, only to give up game-tying hits to the Cardinals. In Game 7, though, the starter for the Rangers was Matt Harrison, and the team actually staked him to an early lead. However, Harrison was not able to overpower the Cardinal bats, and St. Louis went on to win the World Series in seven games. Since then, Harrison has had numerous back problems, most recently coming back from spinal fusion series. It remains to be seen if he can show major league form in his return from surgery.
So far this season, Hamels is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts. He has not received much in the way of run support, as the Philadelphia offense has been at the bottom of the National League rankings. Over time, his track record as an ace has remained consistent. While the Phillies did assemble a Dream Team rotation that also included Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay alongside Hamels, the team was never able to return to the World Series, where they beat Tampa Bay in 2008 and then fell to the Yankees in 2009. Since then, the team has struggled to contend in the National League East, and what had been a dynasty became an aging group that showed less and less ability to win as the years went on. This trade with the Rangers represents the team’s desire to rebuild and start putting together a new core.
With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley two of the few remaining icons from the World Series years, the team is ready for its next incarnation. The team has a new general manager and manager going into 2016, and the Phillies have the payroll flexibility to put together another strong team. The hope is that the new management philosophy will do a better job of assembling talent. All in all, this represents a major deal between two teams that have recently been contenders but are now looking for a way back to the top of the standings.