PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (2-1, 0.82 ERA)
Hamels is coming off a win over the Cubs, during which he threw seven innings of scoreless, one-hit ball. The lefty has been the Phillies’ most reliable starter in the early weeks of 2008, turning in three quality starts in three outings. The 2007 All-Star didn’t face the Mets during the Phillies’ most recent trip to Shea Stadium, but he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA against them in four career starts.
NYM: LHP Johan Santana (1-2, 3.05 ERA)
Santana lost his second straight decision last Saturday against the Brewers, serving up three home runs in his worst outing yet with the Mets. Extending his pitch count to 113, Santana struck out seven and walked two, though the homers accounted for four of the five runs against him. He’ll make his first appearance in this rivalry with the Phillies on Friday night, and his career debut at Citizens Bank Park.
This is it. The match up that everyone has been waiting for since Johan Santana was aquired by the Mets from the Minnesota Twins. Cole Hamels vs. Johan Santana. Change-up vs. Change-up. Hollywood vs. Crap. Anyway this game is huge from a rivalry stand point because these are the teams respectively best pitchers and Hamels has been compared to Santana since he has come up.
The Mets endured through a 14 inning game last night against the Nats and eventually came out on top. This means the bullpen, that we already own by the way, has to be pretty much shot for today’s game. This means Santana will probably be very aggressive in the strike zone and try to get quick outs so he can keep a low pitch count and stay deep into the game.
As I said yesterday this game means bragging rights for the winner and their fans. Santana is the pitcher that all the critics and writer’s said would win the Mets the division in 2008. So I would LOVE nothing more then to stomp him out and tag him for 7 ER in 3 IP and send him sulking back to the dugout and the Phillies silencing all the people who picked the Mets. That is what would happen in a perfect world. Hamels for one is not phased by the hype what so ever. he is ready to go. This is what he had to say when asked if he was nervous going against Santana:
“I don’t even care,” Hamels said. “The guy could have eight arms and it’s not going to bother me.”
Johan could be Carlos Santana for all the Phils care. I say we win this game, probably in a close one. We Should be GM’s has the perfect pictures to describe this match up:
WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS MATCH UP ENDED IN RETURN OF THE JEDI, COME ON PEOPLE!