The long-awaited return of Cole Hamels comes Wednesday night against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
The lefty has dominated the Dodgers in his career, going 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts. He's also beaten them three times in the playoffs.
But this bunch isn't those Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner are batting a combined 42 for 130 (.323) off Hamels with 16 doubles and four homers. They're all in the lineup tonight.
Hamels is also a notoriously slow starter, especially in his first start of the year. Hamels has a 9.55 ERA and 2.123 WHIP in his last five season debuts. He also has a career ERA of 3.92 in March/April -- the highest of any month.
Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42) goes for the Dodgers. Surprisingly, he's yet to pitch into the seventh inning in any of his four starts.
Lifetime at Dodgers Stadium, Greinke is 10-2 in 17 starts with a 2.10 ERA and 0.949 WHIP -- both his lowest marks in any park where he's pitched at least five times.
• Cody Asche isn't in the starting lineup for the third straight night and the sixth time in 11 games. The young third baseman is just 6 for 42 (.143) at the plate minus his three-hit season opener. In his place, Freddy Galvis (1 for 18) mans the hot corner.
• Maikel Franco is 9 for 67 at Lehigh Valley with no homers.
• B.J. Rosenberg (6.1 IP, 6 R, 13 H, 3 BB) was optioned to Triple A to make room for Hamels.
• Key matchups for Greinke: Marlon Byrd (3 for 20, HR), Jimmy Rollins (3 for 14), Ben Revere (6 for 14)
• Key matchups for Hamels: Ramirez (17 for 63, 10 2B, 2 HR), Matt Kemp (9 for 25), Justin Turner (5 for 11)
• The Dodgers are hitting .203 and have scored 21 runs over the last eight games.