BUT FOR A two-out, none-on error on a pop foul by Mets catcher John Buck last Sunday that kept the seventh inning alive and led to three runs and and a Phillies victory, Cole Hamels would have been winless in April. But that wouldn't have been a surprise.

In his career, Hamels is four games under .500 (39-43) in the even-numbered months, but 33 games over .500 (53-20) when the pages on the calendar are odd.

And that should surprise you, because almost all of his pitching numbers (as well as opposing batter totals) show no significant difference in those breakdowns.

Opposing batters' breakdown in on-base average (.289 even/.287 odd), slugging percentage (.391/.391) and WHIP (1.15/1.13) are virtually identical.

Here are his complete regular season numbers entering his first May start:

PITCHING TOTALS

W-L G IP H R ER BB SO HR HB WP

Even Months39-43 110 703.0 636 288 271 174 643 84 14 12

Odd Months53-20 108 711.1 620 276 260 187 698 86 14 8

OPPOSING BATTER TOTALS

PA AB H 2B 3B HR TB SH SF

Even Months2867 2645 636 128 15 84 1046 17 17

Odd Months2896 2652 620 137 11 86 1037 31 11

AVERAGES, PERCENTAGES

Win% ERA Bat. OBA Slg. WHIP BB/9IP SO/9IP HR/AB

Even Months.476 3.47 .240 .289 .395 1.15 2.23 8.23 .032

Odd Months.726 3.29 .234 .287 .391 1.13 2.37 8.83 .032