Ty Wigginton began his major league baseball career as a Met in 2002. Since then he has played for a shit ton of other teams. Today marked his career high in runs batted in as he went 3-3 with six RBI and a home run. He opened the scoring with an RBI double off of Met starter Jonathan Niese. He walked twice and followed that up by putting the Phillies ahead with an RBI single. He added insurance with a three run homer in the top of the ninth. In every one of these circumstances, I was fairly certain that Ty was going to strike out. Good thing he didn’t.
Jonathan Niese had a really difficult time finding the strike zone today. He walked five in five innings and with a modicum of patience from the Philadelphia offense, he could have walked double that number. Is is pretty frustrating to watch this line up flail at a guy that is obviously not going to throw the ball over the plate.
He managed to record seven strikeouts due almost entirely to impatience. My main question surrounding Niese centers on his nose. This off-season, Carlos Beltran paid to have some sort of procedure preformed on the left hander’s nose. As a fellow guy with a pretty big nose, I am pretty sure I would have had the doctor alter the look of it when he was in there. Niese apparently does not agree.
Cole Hamels looked downright fantastic for the majority of this game. He made a few mistakes that were both pounded into the left field bleachers which made his line look considerably worse that it should have been. He gave up two two run home runs to Vinny Rotino and Jerry Hairston Jr. For some unknown reason, Hamels always seems to have trouble with Hairston. Cole still managed to make it through eight innings and got David Wright out with the tying run on third base and two outs in the eighth. Hamels is now the first guy in the majors to eight wins and looks to be an early favorite for the Cy Young.
In summation, Hamels is getting even more expensive, Ty Wigginton had the best day of his career and Jonathan Niese couldn’t throw the ball over the plate. 8-4 Phillies win.
Tomorrow, Joe Blanton looks to turn it around after two horrendous starts and the Mets will send a rookie named Jeremy Hefner to the mound. I don’t even know enough about this guy to effectively make fun of him.