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TODAY'S PITCHING MATCHUP

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Todayês pitching matchup
scott kazmir, lHP, Rays cole hamels, LHP, Phillies
Record
12-8, 3.49 ERA 14-10, 3.09
Postseason
1-0, 4.02 3-0, 1.23
Height/weight, age
6-4/ 205, 24 6-3/190, 24
Whatês new
Kazmir is coming off an impressive Ñ and encouraging Ñ start in Game 5 against the Red Sox, pitching six scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out seven. Hamels has been at his best in the playoffs, earning NLCS MVP honors by going 2-0 against the Dodgers with a 1.93 ERA, and winning the series clincher Oct. 16 in Los Angeles.
Scouting report
The All-Star has struggled with consistency this season. He throws a slider and changeup and is at his best when he has good fastball command. Hamels throws a four-seam fastball, a slow-breaking changeup and a curveball.
Season
vs. Phillies: First meeting | vs. LH: .198 | vs. RH: .227 | At home: 8-2, 2.90 vs. Rays: First meeting | vs. LH: .262 | vs. RH: .215 | On road: 7-3, 3.19
Career
vs. Phillies: 1-0, 3.60 | At Tropicana Field: 21-14, 3.11 vs. Rays: 0-1, 12.27 | At Tropicana Field: First appearance
Matchups to watch
Tadahito Iguchi is 4-for-8 with a 2B, 3B and HR, Jimmy Rollins is 1-for-2 and Ryan Howard is 0-for-3 against Kazmir. Carl Crawford is 2-for-3 with a 2B, James Shields is 1-for-2 and Willy Aybar is 1-for-3.
What theyêre saying
"I expect him to be aggressive. He should throw more fastballs than changeups, thatês what he pitches off of." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel "Every time he walks out on the mound, I expect him to win a game. Heês definitely capable of shutting a team out. Heês capable of throwing no-hitters." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

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