The Right Team for Hamels' Return

If you subscribe to the theory that Cole Hamels' start Monday could be the most important of his season (as he is coming back from shoulder soreness), then they couldn't have put him on the mound in front of a better team.

He has, quite simply, owned the Reds in his career.

Including the 2010 playoffs and his one appearance against earlier this season (at right), he is 8-0, 1.23 in nine starts and has held them to a .168 batting average:

Record 8-0
ERA 1.23
Starts 9
CG / Shutouts 3 / 2
Innings 65.2
Hits 38
Runs / Earned 10 / 9
Home Runs 5
Walks 20
Strikeouts 55
Batting Avg. .168
On-Base Pct. .247
Slugging Pct.             .288