Four strikeouts shy of setting a new personal best, the Phillies left-hander will make his final start of his All-Star season when he toes the rubber in Sunday's series finale against the Marlins. Sunday will mark the final meeting of the year between these National League East foes.
Hamels (16-6, 3.11), who struck out 211 batters in 2010, is third in the National League in punchouts, trailing only the Mets' R.A. Dickey and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw.
Hamels can also increase his career high in wins on Sunday. He set the mark at 16 in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Nationals after allowing three runs over five innings.
"[The Nationals] were definitely making [Hamels] pitch," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after that game. "But he's had a big year for us. I don't know where we'd be without him. He's been the guy that pitches the game that gets us out of trouble a lot."
The Marlins will counter with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.29) on Sunday afternoon. Eovaldi, whom the Marlins acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade in July, is 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts against Philadelphia this season. His most recent outing against the Phillies was in a loss on Sept. 11, when he lasted only four innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.
Phillies: Howard to miss final four games
Ryan Howard will miss the season's final four games with a broken right big toe, an injury the Phillies' first baseman sustained when he dropped the lead pipe he swings in the on-deck circle on his toe during Thursday's loss to the Nationals.
An X-ray revealed a small fracture, Howard said, and it will require nothing more than rest to heal. He said it would not affect any of his offseason training plans.
Howard, who pinch-hit in Friday's game at Miami before he was ruled out for the season on Saturday, missed the season's first 84 games following left Achilles surgery. He played in 71 games after returning, hitting .219 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 56 RBIs.
Tyler Cloyd is not expected to make his final 2012 start on Tuesday, as he has been dealing with a fatigued arm. The right-hander threw 200 innings this year between Double-A Reading, Triple-A Lehigh Valley and his six starts with the Phillies. He went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA in the big leagues.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Saturday's victory that he was not sure how the club would handle Tuesday's game against the Nationals. The likely option would be to use several relievers in a bullpen game.
Marlins: Buehrle's final start up in the air
Though Mark Buehrle is listed in the Marlins' official game notes as the starter for Wednesday's season finale against the Mets, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Saturday that the club has yet to decide if the veteran left-hander will make the start.
With his eight-inning performance in Friday's win, Buehrle (13-13, 3.74) eclipsed 200 innings pitched for the 12th consecutive season. If he doesn't pitch Wednesday, left-hander Wade LeBlanc is a prime candidate to toe the rubber.
Before Saturday's game against the Phillies, the Miami chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) honored the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, Donovan Solano, Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano.
Stanton was named the team's Most Valuable Player, while Solano was recognized as the club's top rookie. Reyes earned the BBWAA's Charlie Hough "Good Guy" award and Ruggiano was the winner of the Jeff Conine "Mr. Marlin" award.
Jimmy Rollins scored three times in Saturday's win, meaning he has tallied at least 100 runs in a season for the sixth time. Only three Phillies in history have scored at least 100 runs in more seasons: Ed Delahanty (8), Sam Thompson (8) and Mike Schmidt (7). Rollins is tied with Billy Hamilton and Bobby Abreu.