Phils-Dodgers game notes: Hamels vs. Kuroda

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Posted: 12:30 p.m.
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Phillies (36-25) at Dodgers (29-33), 7:05 p.m. on CSN

Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Through 12 starts, Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) is off to the best start of any season of his career. He is coming off a start against the Pirates in which he allowed just one hit in eight innings of work. Unfortunately, the Phils dropped that game to Pittsburgh, 2-1 in 12 innings. The team is 9-3 in Hamels starts this year.

Dodgers: Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46) has allowed 25 hits and 13 runs in his last 17 innings on the mound. Despite the struggles of late, Kuroda was pretty good in his most recent start. He allowed just two runs on six hits in six innings against the Reds.
Previous games
The Dodgers have won six of their last nine contests, one of which was Tuesdays 6-2 win over the Phillies. Rubby De La Rosa pitched around five walks to turn in five innings of one-run ball, and the Phils offense managed just five hits as the Dodgers took the second game of the series. Dee Gordon, son of former Phillie Tom Gordon, went 3-for-5 with a run and a stolen base in his first major league start.

The Phils have now lost five of their last seven games.

Head-to-head
Kurodas numbers against the Phils are staggering. In four regular-season starts, the lefty is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, surrendering just seven hits in 26 23 career innings versus the Phillies.

Hamels is almost as good against the Dodgers as Kuroda is against the Phils. Hes made four regular-season starts versus Los Angeles, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.

In 40 games against the Dodgers, Chase Utley has 48 hits, including 15 doubles and seven home runs.

James Loney is 8-for-21 against Hamels with three homers and a double.

Whos hot?
Matt Kemp has notched multiple hits in five of his last seven games, totaling five homers and 14 RBIs over that span. In Tuesdays win over the Phils, Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a pair of RBIs.

Cole Hamels has the lowest WHIP (0.968) of any qualifying pitcher in the National League.

Storylines
The Phils have been feast or famine (with far more famine than feast) against Kuroda in the past. Though Kurodas regular-season stat line against the Phils is alarming, Philadelphia does have a postseason precedent of success versus the lefty. In Game 3 of the 2009 NLCS, Kuroda gave up six runs on six hits and was pulled after 1 13 innings as the Phils won 11-0 and grabbed a 2-1 series lead.

Sound off
The Phils are 36-25 through 61 games. Assuming they stay relatively healthy, what do you think their year-end record will be?

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