Yes I know Brad Penny is not dead but he pitches for the Tigers so he’s dead to me. Penny as all of us know has been a career whipping boy for the Mets. 6.38 ERA with a 5-13 career record with even worse numbers at Shea. 13/94 losses belong to the Mets for a total of near 14%. Thus showing why Mets fans around the world sobbed when Penny signed another contract in the AL. Enter Cole Hamels.
Cole Hamels coming into tonight was 2nd in the NL in ERA, he would be first if it were not for your New York Mets. Versus the Mets this year Cole has a 9.64 ERA compared to a 1.91 against the rest of baseball. The loss tonight brings his career record vs. the Mets to 3-10. Hamels has 50 career losses, with 20% coming at the hands of the Mets.
Our own Oleo made the following innocent observation when witnessing the Mets all-star less lineup facing the best team in baseball: “oleosmirf now that is a playoff lineup right there…” How many times this season have we all been guilty of underestimating this team. It always seems that when the chips are down and they roll out the worst possible lineup we look at the box score and see a lopsided win FOR the Mets? Today was no different. Jumping on Hamels early 1-0 due to a miscue by Ryan Howard allowing Hairston to score the Mets never really looked back. After a scoreless 2nd, Hairston struck again with his 2nd double producing 2 more runs.
Given a 3-0 lead, Niese was efficient. Escaping some jams both surrounded by Tejada errors, kid is going to have to field to stay, Jon finished 7 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) with 6 hits, 1 walk and 6 strike outs, impressive.
Back to offensive hero Hairston. Following his 2 doubles Scott also added a 3 run HR in the 7th to blow the game completely open and out of reach for good. Hairston finished with a career high 5 RBI. 2nd place in today’s offensive hero competition would be Daniel the Hitter Murphy. Murphy continues to hit LH pitching, RH pitching, FB, curves and the kitchen sink. Against LH starters coming into the game Murphy was batting .317 only to see that increase to .333 after facing Hamels today. Murphy finished 3-5 with a HR.
Tomorrow the Mets face the Phillies with Mike Pelfrey taking the mound vs. Kyle Kendrick. Expect fireworks early.