Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.50) vs. Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15)
It is no secret that Cole Hamels loves facing his hometown team. Tonight could be exactly what he needs, as it has the potential to be a confidence builder for Hamels.
The fact is, Hamels has been a Padre-killer throughout his career. He is 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 88 career innings against the Friars. He dominates in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park. In 42.2 innings at PETCO, Hamels is 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.
What will it be tonight? The beginning of a turn-around for Hamels? Simply just a solid start? Another disappointing outing? Another bullpen explosion? Or a continuation of a lack of run support for the starting pitcher?