Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Smells Like a Gem
So this afternoon I was doing a quick scan of the schedules and I noted this gem scheduled for (what I believe to be) an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball matchup. (Thanks to Phillies.com) It appears to be King Cole and Johan (don't call me Carlos) Santana. As a baseball fan, you should be salivating over this match-up. In 2008, Johan is 1-0 (4 games, 29 Innings Pitched) with a 3.10 ERA versus the Phillies, while Cole Hamels is 0-1 wth a 5.14 ERA (1 Game, 7 Innings Pitched).
Last night Hamels with electric in 7.1 innings of 5 hit, no run ball. Santana was his usual self against the Brewers on Labor day, spraying 7 hits over 6 and giving up 2 runs; he received a no decision. Depending on how the previous games go, this game could be the difference maker in the division race (The Mets are up by 2 games and look to sweep the Brewers momentarily). Red hot Brett Myers (8-10, 4.40 ERA), whose 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA since returning to the Majors in late July takes on suddenly consistent (get it?) Mike Pelfrey (13-8, 3.66 ERA) on Friday and Saturday will feature typically surehanded Jamie Moyer (12-7, 3.80 ERA), who's 7-4 and a 3.21 ERA against the Mets for his career will face the tiny one, Pedro Martinez (5-3, 5.07 ERA).