To the surprise of no one, Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) is having a teriffic season. The words Cy Young have even been lobbed around lately, although he'll need to have quite the finish to truly get in the hunt.
Beating the potential front-runner tonight would be a good start. The Reds' Johnny Cueto is absolutely cruising in 2012. His 16 wins and 2.44 ERA are tops in the National League. Needless to say, tonight has pitchers' duel written all over it.
Cueto hasn't fared so well versus the Phillies however. In five career starts, the righthander is 1-2 with a 5.65 ERA. Having said that, the 26 year old really only came into his own last season, and this lineup is not piled to the brim with star power as it once was.
As for Hamels, he's the owner of a perfect record over Cincinnati. In nine starts, King Cole is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA, and also holds a 1-0, 0.00 postseason victory over tonight's opponent.
Jimmy Rollins has the night off, with Michael Martinez taking his place, but everybody knows it's the Dom Brown show now. Here's the lineup:
#Phillies lineup: Pierre, Frandsen, Utley, Howard, Brown, Nix (CF), Kratz, Martinez (SS), Hamels.
— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) August 23, 2012