Thursday, September 3, 2015

Game 73: Hamels goes for 10

SEATTLE -- Cole Hamels can become the majors' leader in wins with 10 if he beats the Mariners Sunday. If the Phillies are to win, it will be using an unconventional lineup.

Game 73: Hamels goes for 10

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Cole Hamels will start today in the series finale against the Mariners. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)
Cole Hamels will start today in the series finale against the Mariners. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

SEATTLE -- Cole Hamels can become the majors' leader in wins with 10 if he beats the Mariners Sunday. If the Phillies are to win, it will be using an unconventional lineup.

Charlie Manuel will rest Placido Polanco and Domonic Brown against lefthander Jason Vargas. So Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez both find themselves in the lineup. (Polanco is 2 for his last 20, and Brown 5 for his last 41.)

Martinez is playing in left field, where he has played for only five professional games -- all five coming in double A and triple A last season. Valdez slides in at third base.

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1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Raul Ibanez 0
8. Wilson Valdez 5
9. Michael Martinez 7

Hamels has a 1.99 ERA this season excluding his first start of the year. In 23 June innings he has allowed two runs for a 0.78 ERA. Only three current Mariners have faced him more than five times. They are:

Miguel Olivo -- 1 for 9
Adam Kennedy -- 0 for 7
Brendan Ryan -- 0 for 8


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