The law of averages would dictate that one of Phillies vaunted rotation would get banged around a little bit. A betting man would have loaded the chips on a certain slightly overweight right handed starter who’s name rhymes with Smoe Scranton. Snake-eyes motherfucker! The first starter to get pounded was Cole Hamels.
Hamels lasted 2 2/3 innings with the awful line of seven hits and six runs allowed in today’s contest. He wriggled out of trouble in the first after a bunt single by Jose Reyes and letting Angle Pagan reach by hitting him in the elbow. Hamels responded by striking out David Wright, getting Carlos Beltran to pop out and striking out Scott Hairston. This is the point in the game where I was slightly worried by Cole’s tough start, but was confident that after he worked out of the jam that he would bounce back. Hamels stumbled in the third inning by giving up all six runs and two hits to the pitcher.
The Mets countered with one of their reclamation projects, Chris Young. Before the shoulder trouble, Young was a really good starter for the San Diego Padres. This is one positive offensive move for the Mets. Young had a great spring and had a fantastic start against the Phils today. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits, one run and striking out seven. Young also went 3-3 with an RBI at the plate. In addition, Tom McCathy tells me that Young was a fantastic basketball player. He is tall. He is not John Rauch tall, but he is really close.
David Wright 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored giving us all MORE reasons to hate David Wright. Luckily, Carlos Beltran looks like he is dragging a dead body behind him when he runs and seems to have lost the ability to hit a baseball going 0-4 with two strikeouts and leaving six men on base. Noted wang Jose Reyes also hurt the Phils with two bunt singles and a stolen base. In the end, the Mets beat the Phils 7-1 and pounded out thirteen hits.
There weren’t a whole lot of positives in today’s game for the Phils. Ben Fransisco hit two balls that would have been home runs if mother nature didn’t hate us. The bullpen actually pitched pretty well, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings. Jimmy Rollins also hit the ball hard today and dropped a great bumt down the third base line.
On the negative side of the ledger, Ryan Howard struck out three times and grounded out with the bases loaded. He has been extremely hot lately and hopefully a dose of Mike Pelfrey will heat up his bat.
The Phils continue the series tomorrow night sending Joe Blanton to take on Pelfrey at 7:05.