Â Tonight, the Mets will be looking to make it 4 straight wins against the Phillies tonight, but in their way will be (LHP) Ace, Cole Hamels (4-2 4.40).
Â Courtesy of Mets.com,
“Hamels looked like the pitcher who earned World Series MVP honors on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. He threw his first shutout of the season and third of his career in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. Hamels allowed just five hits. He struck out five. And perhaps just as impressive as his line, he threw just 97 pitches. The key? Hamels kept the ball down in the strike zone, which meant any time a Dodgers player made contact he seemed to be grounding out or popping up — instead of fouling back a pitch and keeping the at-bat going.”
Â Courtesy of Wiki,
“Hamels started his 2009 season by signing aÂ 3 year, $20.5 million deal with the Phillies. On February 14, the first day of spring training for pitchers and catchers, when asked who the Opening Day starter would be, manager Charlie Manuel responded:
Yeah, you might as well go ahead and pencil him in [...] I don’t think there’s any sense in me playing games. Go ahead, pencil him in.
However, Hamels left training camp on March 16 and flew to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by Dr. Michael Ciccotti. Hamels felt tightness in between innings and after he was done pitching for the day. “This will obviously set me back a couple of days, and I donâ€™t think that should be a big dealâ€, said Hamels. Ciccotti found no structural damage in his arm. Cole Hamels did not pitch on Opening Day, even though no structural damage was evident.”
Â The Mets have not faced Hamels since Sept. 7, 2008 where he pitched 5 Innings, gave up 9 hits, 4 earned runs and 2 homers.Â He also struck out 6 in the loss. Mets(W) 12-9
Â Per Fan Graphs,
Â Â Pitch FX Type:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FastballÂ Â Â Â ChangeupÂ Â Â Â CurveÂ Â Â Â 2-SeamerÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
2008 -Â Â 52.1%Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 34.2%Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13.2%Â Â Â Â 0%Â
2009 -Â 57.4%Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 31.4%Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 7.3%Â Â Â Â Â 3.6%
Â Scouting Report courtesy of thebaseballcube.com
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
“Based on a rating of 100, scouting scores are statistically derived and do not use any subjective analysis by The Baseball Cube, scouts or any third party publications. Though statistical, the methodology is, for the most part, basic. The ratings represent a player’s ranking compared his peers and has nothing to do with a pre-determined bench mark. In other words, there are an equal amount of 100s, 50s and 1s for each stat category.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.”
2002 – 1st team High School All-American P
2003 – Low A All-Star SP
2003 – Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Player of the Year
2007 – Played in MLB All-Star Game
2007 – NL Cy Young Award (Voting Rank: # 6)
2008 – World Series Most Valuable Player
2008 – Philadelphia Phillies Player of the Year
2008 – NLCS Most Valuable Player
2008 – Major League 2nd All-Star (end of season) SP