ARLINGTON - It turns out recent history was more of an indicator for Cole Hamels, than playoff history.
Hamels pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up 7 runs (6 earned) and walked three. He needed 42 pitches to get through the third inning, when the Blue Jays scored five runs.
The seven runs were the most Hamels has allowed in a postseason start in his career.
Coming into Game 1, Hamels had a 3.03 earned run average in 15 postseason starts. After his Game 1 performance against Toronoto, it jumped nearly a half run to 3.48.
If you watched Hamels pitch in September, this doesn't come as a total surprise. In his last six starts, he had a 6.75 ERA. Hamels appeared to right the ship at the end of the year, throwing 7 innings in each of his last two starts, and he didn't walk anyone in his final regular season start.
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That was significant because Hamels finished the season with a career-high in walks with 77, the third-most in the American League this year.
Looking ahead, Hamels threw 82 pitches in this game, so if there is a silver lining, that's it. At this point, Rangers fans just hope they'll get a chance to see Hamels pitch again in 2016.
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