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Cole Hamels thriving thanks to cutter

Updated: June 21, 2011, 3:09 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Maybe Chipper Jones was onto something.

You might remember this Buster Olney column from early May, in which Jones offered up one possible explanation for the decline in overall offense in baseball between this season and last: the cutter, which the Braves veteran described at the time as "the bane of my existence."

Although the overall major league numbers don't bear out Jones' claim -- pitchers as a whole have thrown cutters only 3.1 percent of the time and have held ...

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