Hamels, who turns 35 next month, was acquired by the Cubs from the Texas Rangers on July 27 as the headliner of a four-player trade. He went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP) in 12 starts with the Cubs, the seventh-best ERA in the N.L. starting August 1. Hamels limited foes to a .226 batting average while striking out 74 batters and walking only 23 in 76.1 innings.
The southpaw earned N.L. Pitcher of the Month honors for August after going 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP) in six starts, becoming the only lefty in the live-ball era to go at least 5.0 innings and allow no more than one run in each of his first six appearances for any team.
Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a 156-114 record and 3.40 ERA (964 ER/2,553.0 IP) in 395 career appearances (394 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-15), Texas Rangers (2015-18) and Cubs (2018). The 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA (38 ER/100.1 IP) in 17 career post-season outings, including 16 starts. Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.