The Phillies have won every series they've played at Coors Field since 2008. Sunday, they'll go for the victory to cap off their 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.
When Cole Hamels pitches, the Phillies are an unthinkable 2-12 this season. In the left-hander's 10 quality starts, the club has scored a combined 20 runs. Take away his two winning decisions, and the Phils have managed just nine runs in the other eight games.
But on the few occasions the Phillies have scored runs, Cole has been less than stellar. In his four games that weren't quality starts this season — he has 10.45 ERA in those contests — the Phillies have tallied 22 runs. So when Hamels pitches well they don't score, and when they do put up runs Hamels tends not to pitch well.
That trend has to change. Cliff Lee ran into similar luck last year when he began the season with an 0-5 record before he finally picked up his first win on July 4. The Phillies were 3-10 in games Lee started before his first win but went 9-8 the rest of the way.
Sunday against the Rockies, the Phillies should have a good chance to give Hamels his third win. Cole is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in six career starts vs. Colorado, although he is just 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA in three games at Coors Field.
The Phillies will be facing Jhoulys Chacin, a guy who is just 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts since May began.
But Chacin has good lifetime stats against the Phils, with a 1-0 record and 1.21 ERA in five games (three starts) against them. And we've already seen mediocre pitchers like P.J. Walters and Jacob Turner cripple the offense in Hamels starts.
Here are the lineups:
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Kevin Frandsen, 2B
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) John Mayberry, RF
7) Freddy Galvis, 3B
8) Humberto Quintero, C
9) Cole Hamels, P