These types of pitching match-ups don’t come along that often.
It’s All-Star Cole Hamels for Philadelphia vs. All-Star Chris Young for the Padres tonight at Petco Park.
What makes the showdown even more intriguing is that Hamels is a local product from Rancho Bernardo High.
Hamels will be pitching in Petco Park for the second time. He gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings with no decision in San Diego on July 17, 2006.
“My heart was definitely beating the whole time,” Hamels said afterwards. “I haven't had that excitement in a long time. It was great to pitch in my hometown.”
Hamels (11-4, 3.83 ERA) is one win behind National League leader Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs.
Young (8-3, 1.97), meanwhile, has virtually taken over from Jake Peavy as ace of the Padres.
He leads the majors in ERA and has held the opposition scoreless in five of his last eight starts.
According to the latest odds, the Padres are a 13-10 favorite to win tonight.