Johan Santana, LHP (8-6, 3.20 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.56 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 83
A huge eighth inning rally helped lead the Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the New York Mets last night. Tonight, the ball will be handed to Cole Hamels, who can hopefully go deep into tonight’s game after a rocky bullpen performance yesterday. Hamels will be opposed by Johan Santana, who hasn’t had quite the year many expected, although still having a solid season.
In his career against the Mets, Cole Hamels has lacked support from his offense, falling 2-5, despite having an ERA in the threes. On the other hand, Santana has gotten run support, posting a 4-2 record with an ERA above four in games against the Phillies.
Placido Polanco has the best numbers against Santana throughout his career. He has a .386 average with a home run. David Wright has the best numbers against Hamels, having a .345 average against him.
The Phillies look to continue their hot steak, both at home and on the road. Even though this team is plagued with injuries, the replacement players are doing their part to help the team win. Good teams need non-star players to step it up in key situations.
Your Gameday Beer – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA will do just fine. Not as powerful as its 90 or 120 minute older brothers, this IPA is hoppy but not overwhelming. It as a smooth, creamy and rich foundation with hints of citrus, pine and sweet malts. Eat some pizza with it today and get it delivered. – By Brian