Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) vs. New York Mets (6-2)
The Phillies will look to avoid getting swept by their rivals the Mets this afternoon, as they take the field at 1:35 on a sunny day in Philadelphia. Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phils, and he’s coming off a performance that we at Phillies Nation witnessed first hand on April 9 that wasn’t exactly Hamels-esque. He gave up four runs–three of them earned–before getting the hook in the sixth.
He’ll look to bounce back today, but if his career stats against the today’s Mets lineup are any indication, he might have some trouble. His biggest nemesis seems to be Scott Hairston, who is 8-20 with three home runs against Hamels in his career. Jason Bay is 4-10 against Hamels, but with four strikeouts. David Wright has faced Hamels the most out of any Met, and he has a .931 OPS when facing him. Those three guys will be tough outs for Hamels today.
Opposing him will be righty Mike Pelfrey, and while no Phillies hitter has had extreme success against him like Hairston has had with Hamels, most of the Phillies lineup has favorable stats vs Pelfrey. Combine that with Pelfrey’s struggles–8.60 ERA in eight starts–at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies just might be able to get the offense going to avoid the sweep and get back into the win column.
Lineup: Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Hamels P
Your Gameday Beer – Schneider Weisse
Schneider Weisse is yeast wheat Bavarian beer that is delicious cold on a warm afternoon. This hefe-weizen – when poured correctly – unleashes a strong aroma, but the taste is fairly bitter. If you like wheat beers, this is certainly one to try today. It gets an A from the folks at BeerAdvocate. Have it with some strawberries – By Brian