Rookie Cole Hamels makes his first professional start in his home town tonight as the Phillies and Padres begin a three game series.
Hamels (2-4, 5.44 ERA) represents perhaps the best non-hot stove, non-Myers storyline the Phillies have going. The 22-year-old left-hander, considered a major part of the Phillies future, earned his second win in his last start. In his brief tenure in the majors, Hamels has shown flashes of promise and has had little trouble striking out opposing hitters. His command and falling behind hitters has been a different matter.
San Diego will start Woody Williams (4-1, 3.08), who has won his last three decisions.
Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games yesterday. This came after the day Jimmy Rollins collected his 1,000th hit.
The Phillies are coming off a series win against San Francisco in which the bats caught fire. The Phils are the only NL team that can boast four hitters with over 50 RBIs (Howard, Burrell, Abreu, Utley).
The Phillies have won their last eight games at San Diego and had won 11 in a row against the Padres before losing the final two games of their series earlier this month.