YOU'RE A MAN WHO GOES TRAVELING Cole Hamels (4-0) starts for the Chicago Cubs in his first career start against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that signed him as a first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. Hamels was 114-90 for the Phillies from 2006-15, helping Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL pennant. He was traded to Texas in July 2015 and to the Cubs last July. Rookie Cole Irvin (2-0) starts for the Phillies.
WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON Milwaukee's Zach Davies (5-0) takes a 1.54 ERA, second in the major leagues behind the 1.52 for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, into his start against Cincinnati. Before this year, Davies had won his first decision just once, as a rookie in September 2015. Reds starter Luis Castillo (5-1) is third in the NL with a 1.90 ERA.
I'M ELECTRIFYING The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger hit 17 homers in the Los Angeles Dodgers' first 48 games, one shy of the team record set by Gil Hodges in 1951 and matched by Raúl Mondesi in 1999. Roy Campanella had 17 through 48 games in 1953 and 1955, and Duke Snider also reached that figure in 1955.
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