Win-wise, Cole Hamels is off to his slowest start since his debut season in 2006, when he was called up at this time of year.
Obviously, though, wins can be an incredibly deceiving stat because they're dictated by so many other factors than just the performance of the starting pitcher.
And that's been the case for the Phillies' left-handed ace thus far.
Hamels is 1-4 through his first seven starts, but in his last five outings, he's posted a 2.31 ERA and has given up just 21 hits in 35 innings, yet, he's 1-2 in those five starts because the Phillies have been shut out twice and scored one run once.
Hamels, who has thrown five straight quality starts, hopes to keep it going as he takes the hill to open the Phillies' (16-19) four-game set in Arizona against the Diamondbacks (19-15).
The Phillies are coming off a successful three-game series in San Francisco in which they took two of three from the defending champions. They can now make it a successful road trip if they carry it over into Arizona.
Tonight, the Phillies are up against the baby-faced Patrick Corbin, who has been stellar for the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old lefty (4-0, 1.80) has pitched six or more innings and has surrendered two or fewer runs in all six of his starts. He's dominated lefties, who are hitting .160 off of him, while righties have compiled a .240 average. However, six starts is a relatively small sample size, so keep an eye on his approach against the Phillies' power lefties in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
Three Diamondbacks to watch:
1. Cody Ross — Phillies fans certainly remember Ross from the 2010 NLCS. The Arizona outfielder has just one home run in 2013, but has taken Hamels deep five times in his career.
2. Martin Prado — Prado often hurt the Phillies as an Atlanta Brave, and he has 55 career at-bats against Hamels (.273).
3. Paul Goldschmidt — Arizona's 25-year-old first baseman is 11 for his last 24 (.458) and has four home runs and nine RBIs in his last three games. He leads the NL with 30 total RBIs.
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Michael Young, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Delmon Young, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Ben Revere, CF
9. Cole Hamels, P
1. A.J. Pollock, CF
2. Didi Gregorius, SS
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Cody Ross, LF
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Martin Prado, 3B
7. Gerardo Parra, RF
8. Cliff Pennington, 2B
9. Patrick Corbin, P