08/23/10 6:44 PM ET
Hamels looking for support against Astros
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
Hamels owns a 7-10 record despite a 3.51 ERA, and the left-hander is winless in his past seven outings, even though four of them have counted as quality starts.
Hamels has been victimized by some of the worst run support in the league, with the Phillies averaging only 3.58 runs per Hamels start. Philadelphia averages 4.98 runs in games Hamels doesn't start, and four of the 10 times the Phils have been shut out were with Hamels on the hill.
"It's hard to explain," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "Sometimes that's how the game goes. It's really tough."
Hamels lost back-to-back 1-0 games to the Mets earlier this month, and in the second of those games, he was the only Phillie to manage a hit.
"I haven't really followed the wins and losses," Hamels said. "I try to just completely blank that out. It's one of those statistics that is really starting to fade away for a starter in this day and age. I don't think it really defines what they're doing."
Hamels' opponent on Tuesday, Bud Norris, doesn't mind looking at his own record, which is starting to even out after a rough beginning to the season. Norris is on a four-game winning streak, and the Astros have won his last five starts.
That includes his own outing against the Mets, whom he held to two runs on two hits in seven innings. Norris picked up the victory when Carlos Lee slugged a seventh-inning three-run homer to get the right-hander off the tough-luck hook.
Norris threw a career-high 123 pitches in the game but said he felt no ill effects following his weekend bullpen session.
"I felt fine, and I'm glad they gave me the opportunity to do that, because our bullpen played 14 innings the day before and I knew I had to go out and pitch," Norris said. "I felt great. And I'm looking forward to getting another opportunity."
Astros: Myers providing plenty of innings
Brett Myers completed at least six innings for the 26th consecutive time on Monday night, tying Larry Dierker's franchise record from 1969-70. Myers' streak is the longest to begin a season since Curt Schilling went at least six in all 35 of his starts in 2002 for Arizona. Myers' previous personal best was a run of 11 starts of six innings or more. Myers still has a way to go to catch the best streak of the decade in this regard, as Mark Buehrle went 49 straight starts of six innings or more from 2004-05 for the White Sox.
Phillies: Home sweet home for Phils
Despite their loss on Monday night, the Phillies are 40-22 at home this season and 19-5 in their past 24 games at Citizens Bank Park. This four-game set with Houston concludes a 10-game homestand and a stretch in which the Phils will play 16 of 19 at home. The Phillies won 45 games all of last season at home.
Wilson Valdez gave Placido Polanco the night off at third base on Monday. Valdez has started 70 games this season for the Phillies. He had never appeared in more than 51 games in a season before. ... Only the Yankees have collected more second-half wins over the past six seasons than Philadelphia. ... Houston Triple-A outfielder Drew Locke was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.
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