DraftKings MLB Ace (September 11)

Walk down narrative street and roster Cole Hamels in his hometown tonight

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  • Chicago Cubs lefty Cole Hamels is priced at $9,200 on DraftKings tonight.

  • Hamels owns a 5-1 record and a 2.01 ERA over nine starts at Petco Park over his career. 

  • The Padres offense has scored just 20 runs in their last seven contests.

Cole Hamels ($9,200)

Cubs (-110) @ Padres (-110)

Hamels' Homecoming

This may as well be a home game for Cole Hamels as he returns to San Diego to face the Padres. Hamels was born and raised in the southern California city and he clearly enjoys making starts in front of family and friends.

Hamels owns a 5-1 record and a shiny 2.01 ERA over nine starts at Petco Park over his career. The southpaw has allowed a 35.3 percent hard hit rate over his last four starts, including a high ground ball rate of 43.3 percent, both of which are positive indicators. The Chicago Cubs offense has been solid of late, totaling 36 runs over their last six games. They have provided Hamels with a rock solid 5.53 runs of support per game this season.

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Struggling Padres

The San Diego offense has been skidding lately, scoring 20 runs over their last seven contests. They’re flat out terrible against lefties, giving Hamels a nice edge. The Padres have numerous bats that whiff at a high rate against southpaws, including Will Myers (38.6 percent strikeout rate) and Ty France ( 32.5 percent).

Manny Machado has great numbers overall against lefties, but he’s currently in a massive rut, going 24 for his last 115 (.208) overall with just three long-balls since the start of August.

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The Edge

Hamels is striking out righties at a high rate of 23.0 percent, primarily featuring his fastball and changeup combination. Right-handed bats are tallying a pathetic .101 ISO and a massive 59.42 percent ground ball rate against Hamels this season.

This is a great opportunity for Hamels against a lineup that should be loaded with mediocre righties. Hamels should punch out numerous Friars and should earn himself a win in another dominant performance back in the city that he loves and knows best.

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