Cole Hamels hopes the Phillies' recent good fortune on offense will extend his way.
Philadelphia tries to push its win streak to a season-high four games against a Cleveland Indians team trying to reignite its offense.
Hamels (1-5, 4.18 ERA) already has one fewer loss than all of last season, when he went 17-6. His strikeout-to-walk ratio - which has never been worse than 3.02 in a season - has dipped from 4.15 in 2012 to 1.95 in 2013.
The left-hander's control issues followed him into his last start, a 2-1 defeat to Arizona on Thursday in which he walked five and gave up six hits in six innings. Hamels took the loss as the Phillies (19-21) dropped to 1-7 when he takes the mound.
"I'm just not executing when I need to," said Hamels, who has issued 22 walks in 51 2-3 innings. "That's my biggest issue so far, the walks. For me it's just to be able to go out, execute pitches and stop the walks. I have to correct what I can correct and that's what's going to make me a better player."