Pitcher Cole Hamels got the victory in Texas’ 5-3 win over the Angels yesterday. Since coming to the Rangers in a late-July trade in 2015, Hamels has a staggering 31-7 record with Texas, a .816 winning percentage.
Whether or not he can maintain this win-loss pace with the Rangers for as long as he is with the team, it’s interesting to note that Hamels’ .816 winning percentage with the team is pretty significant. In fact, of pitchers who have 20 or more career wins with a team, Hamels’ .816 winning percentage is the highest for any pitcher with a particular team in major league history.
Nine pitchers in MLB history (with a minimum of 20 wins with a team) have a winning percentage of .750 or higher. Here are those nine…
Cole Hamels, Texas, 2015-17, 31-7 (.816 winning pct.)
Zack Greinke, LA Dodgers, 2013-15, 51-15 (.773)
Howie Krist, St. Louis, 1937-46, 37-11 (.771)
Pedro Martinez, Boston, 1998-2004, 117-37 (.760)
Roger Clemens, Toronto, 1997-98, 41-13 (.759)
Joe Black, LA Dodgers, 1952-55, 22-7 (.759)
King Cole, Cubs, 1909-12, 40-13 (.755)
Jack Chesbro, Pittsburgh, 1901-02, 49-16 (.754)
Tom Hall, Cincinnati, 1972-75, 21-7 (.750)
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
Can you name the two teams that the Packers have not defeated in the regular season since 2000? If you answered Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, you are correct.
Green Bay is 0-3 in the regular season versus both the Bengals and Steelers since 2000. The Pack did, however, beat the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.
The Pack will get a chance in 2017 to get in the victory column versus these two teams this century. The Packers will host Cincinnati September 24 and then travel to Pittsburgh for a November 26 contest.
The Packers are 19-15 all-time versus the Steelers. Against the Bengals, on the other hand, Green Bay has a losing record… the Pack is 5-7. In fact, the Bengals are one of seven current franchises in which the Packers have a losing record in regular season contests in team history. The seven: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, New York Jets and Tennessee.