Cole Hamels numbers are a bit deceiving. Injuries and a couple of bad outings to start the season have left him with a less than impressive ERA. His ERA is just 2.18 over his last 20.2 innings, and his 31 Ks to 7 walks over the entire season so far are very impressive. Of his 6 home runs surrendered, 4 came in his first 2 starts of the year. Hamels has been battling a sore ankle, which caused him to miss a start two weeks ago, but he's been very good in his last two outings, showing no ill effects of the injury. Unfortunately, the Reds may have caught him too late in the season.
As you might guess, none of the current Reds have hit Hamels all that well. Given the fact that the Reds are running probably the weakest lineup of the year out on the field, they may be scuffling for runs tonight.
That's nothing new for Johnny Cueto though. The Reds have scored 3 runs or fewer in 4 of Cueto's 7 starts this year, though they have posted 20 runs total over his last 3 starts. Thankfully, Cueto has been outstanding this season, in particular during his last 5 starts where he's averaged over 7 innings a game, striking out 24 and walking just 6. Opposing hitters are batting just .205 against Cueto this year with only 11 extra base hits in his 46.2 innings pitched.
This will be the first time any of the Phillies hitters have faced Cueto in a regular season game. I'm looking forward to seeing them struggle to figure him out.