Cole Hamels is excited he’ll be part of Philadelphia Phillies
history at next week’s All-Star Game. Hamels would likely feel even
better if he makes his next start.
After suffering a bruised right hand in his last outing, Hamels
is expected to get the ball Tuesday night in Miami where the NL
East-leading Philadelphia Phillies go for their seventh straight
victory over the Florida Marlins.
Selected as an All-Star for the second time Sunday, Hamels will
be joined on the NL squad next Tuesday by fellow Phillies starters
Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. It is the first time in club history
that three Phillies pitchers have been selected to the Midsummer
“It’s pretty cool,” Hamels told the Phillies’ official website.
“It’s an honor just to be in that sort of caliber of pitchers. What
we’re doing right now, we’re just trying to be the best. Obviously,
it’s showing that we’re capable of it.”
After Vance Worley threw seven innings of two-hit ball in
Monday’s 1-0 series-opening victory, Hamels (9-4, 2.41 ERA) is set
to make his final start before the All-Star break. He left
Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Boston after getting hit on the glove hand
by a line drive off Adrian Gonzalez’s bat in the fourth inning.
X-rays were negative, and Hamels said he doesn’t have any
lingering effects from getting hit.
“I’m good,” the left-hander said Saturday after playing
That’s good news for the Phillies (54-32), who have won 20 of 24
in Miami and eight of 10 overall in this divisional matchup in
The Marlins (38-47), losers of 14 of 16 at home, will look to
bounce back with Chris Volstad (4-7, 5.01) trying to match a career
best by winning his third consecutive start. He last accomplished
that feat from Sept 20-30.
Volstad has done a great job keeping the ball down in his last
two starts by inducing 26 groundouts, but keeping the ball in the
park could be a challenge against the Phillies. Philadelphia tagged
him for a career-worst four homers in a 9-1 home win June 14.
Ryan Howard, who hit a two-run shot off the right-hander in that
matchup, has seven homers in 24 at-bats versus Volstad – his most
against any pitcher.
Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins are a combined 21 for 48 with four
homers against Volstad.
Marlins right-fielder Mike Stanton, who has not gone deep in 75
at-bats, is 2 for 12 with seven strikeouts versus Hamels. The
Phillies left-hander improved to 5-7 with a 3.50 ERA in 17 starts
against Florida after leaving in the eighth inning of the June 14
victory with tightness in the middle of his back.
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has struck out more times (13)
against Hamels than any other pitcher.