Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies / Texas Rangers / Chicago Cubs
For a team that has been decidedly right-handed heavy, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have had their fair share of issues with left-handed pitching over the years. Coles Hamels is the third such southpaw on this list, to this point, and certainly made things just as difficult on the Angels over the last decade.
Debuting in the National League in 2006 with the Phillies, Hamels didn’t get his first taste of the Angels until 2008, when the Angels got the best of him in an interleague match-up, getting three runs and six hits in an Anaheim win. However, since the turn of the decade, he’s picked up his performance a bit.
In 75 innings and 11 appearances against the Angels since 2010, Hamels has gone 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA and a 7.2 K/9 ratio. While his FIP is a bit higher at 4.13, that likely corresponds to the lower strikeout numbers compared to the other arms on this list. However, it should be lost that he also carries the lowest batting average against (.178), the 6th rated wOBA on the list at .253, and placed 7th with a GB/FB ratio of 1.84. Those that did reach base didn’t do much damage, as Hamels also stranded over 84.0% of Angels baserunners.
While Cole Hamels will be toiling for the Atlanta Braves this season, the Angels are unlikely to see him with play being restricted by regions and divisions due to COVID-19 in 2020.