"I wasn't able to turn it over as much and get the drop or the fade as much as I'm normally accustomed to [last season]," Hamels said. "I was able to get away with it, because of the difference in speed and it still did move where I got a lot more ground balls than swings and misses. I'm just happy it does have the type of moment it does right now, because that's what I'm used to, and I like that feeling."
The 27 year old Hamels is coming off a career year, winning 14 games with an ERA of 2.79 and a K/9 rate of 8.08. The improvement Hamels made last season was his ground ball/fly ball ratio, which was 1.60 – up from his career rate of 1.14.