As Rev mentioned earlier this morning, these are historic times for your Philadelphia Phillies. Part of the joy in savoring these bountiful days comes from the starting pitcher, night after night, being of the highest caliber in the game today. There are no Chad Ogeas. There are no Adam Eatons these days.
It's Cole Hamels turn tonight in Florida.
Hamels (13-7, 2.58), who bounced back in a big way after his DL stint, will take on familiar right-hander Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34). Cole has been fantastic against the Fish as of late, going 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA over his last 5 starts against them. That after putting up an awful 0-6, 4.62 ERA in his previous 10 starts against them. Positive turnaround there.
Did you know Cole also has the lowest WHIP at 0.966 of any starter in the NL this season? What's up, Doc and Cliff?
Nolasco recently became the Marlins career leader in strikeouts surpassing a guy we recently saw on the Reds, Dontrelle Willis. Nolasco hasn't beaten the Phillies this season, 0-1, but has put up solid numbers (2 ER in 13.1 IP).
Tonight's lineup: Vic, Polly, Utz, Howard, Pence, Raul, Ruiz, Valdez, and Hamels.
7:05 start from South Florida. Let's put Sun Life Stadium out of its misery with a sweep, what'dya say?