Preview: Mets at Phillies August 7, 2010

New York Mets (54-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-48) 7:05 pm

Johan Santana (8-6 3.20) vs Cole Hamels (7-7 3.56)


What to watch: It’s only August, but games like this are starting to be “must-win” games for the Mets or their season will be finished soon. The Phillies have won the last five games that Hamels started but he’s been hit at times giving up 7 runs over his last two starts. The Mets have lost the last two games Santana started. He got rocked by the Cards for 7 runs then gave up 4 to the Braves in losses.

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Preview: Phillies at Mets May 27, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies (26-19) at (New York Mets (24-23)   7:10 pm

Cole Hamels (5-2 3.92) vs Mike Pelfrey (6-1 2.86)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets are going for the sweep tonight against the Phils before they head to Milwaukee for the weekend. Hamels has been pitching really well. The Phils have won 7 of the 9 games he started. It should be a great pitching match up because Pelfrey has been pitching even better than Hamels. In his last two starts (both wins) he’s given up only 3 runs in 13.2 IP.

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Mets – Phillies Rivalry History

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets at Citi Field in New York up in the 1990’s it’s amazing to think that the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the New York Mets would take shape into a rivalry. Remember the days when the Phillies had some no name manager named Terry Francona?

They were an afterthought to Mets fans. They had very little fan support in a hideous stadium and their big name players, Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling, loved the city so much that they left town.

From 1994-2000 the Phillies didn’t have a winning season. I remember looking at them on the calendar as any other game, almost comparing them to the Montreal Expos, dare I say. It was the Atlanta Braves that we all worried about.

Even throughout Mets history, the Phillies and Mets never really had a rivalry even though the teams’ ballparks were only 91 miles apart. Continue reading “Mets – Phillies Rivalry History”

Phillies Hamels Clarifies Mets Chokers Comment

Cole HamelsThis story won’t go away. Cole Hamels agreed with WFAN’s Evan Robets that the Mets were chokers. And the story keeps raging on. Hamels appeared with WIP in Philly with Howard Eskin on Friday and clarified his comments about the Mets below.

On why the Mets are thought of as “chokers”:

“The word choke means you weren’t able to fully come through when you were supposed to. I think the Mets had the top teams, they pretty much had the championships in the bag and they weren’t able to come through.  A lot of guys will perceive them as choking in the end and not ,fulfilling their end of the bargain because they should have taken it.  You know what, it really does show the strength and hard work and I guess the deep down guts that we have to take it away from them.”

Eskin thinks Hamels calling the Mets “chokers” was WFAN putting words in his mouth:

“I wouldn’t have thought of it myself.  I like to do most of my playing out on the field and I don’t need to be mentioned in the media or trying to attack someone because that’s not the person I am.  I’ll attack you when I’m out on the mound.”

I never thought that it was that big of a deal that he agreed with Roberts about the Mets. Hamels didn’t bring up the topic on his own. Clearly, he needs to be a little more media savvy though.

What I don’t like is him going to to discuss the issue in further depth. It’s about time for him to shut up about the issue.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for the story. You can listen to the full interview here.

Phillies’ Rollins Ends Mets Talk

Jimmy RollinsPhiladelphia Philles shortstop Jimmy Rollins spoke to reporters yesterday at spring training in Clearwater, Florida. Among other topics he discussed, he said that his World Series hardware will put an end to his talk about the Mets.

The Mets and Phillies have engaged in a three year war of words. And the Phillies have come out on top in the standings for the last two seasons. Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes have continued the verbal sparring this spring, mentioning their disdane for Cole Hamels calling the Mets “choke artists” during a radio interview in December.


It has been pretty funny just to hear it going on and on and on,” Rollins said. “I sit there and I laugh and say, ‘This is still going on. They’re still rolling with that?

It’s going to be a fun game any time we play them,” Rollins said. “But I guess when Cole is pitching, they are going to step it up and, of course, we are going to stand up for Cole, so that is going to force us to step it up. But that just brings out the best in both teams. We’re going to win, but it definitely will bring out the best in both teams.

I have to say that I’m surprised we haven’t seen the war of words spill out onto the field over the last few years. There haven’t been any bean ball wars that escalated the situation. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way. Now that the Phillies are the world champs they can rest on that without engaging with the Mets this season.

On Deck: April 18, 2008

New York Mets (8-6) at Philadelphia Phillies  (8-8)   7:05pm   TV: CW11   Radio: WFAN

Johan Santana (1-2) vs. Cole Hamels (2-1)

What to watch:  Santana against Hamels is a great pitching match up. We’ll see if Santana can keep the ball on the right side of the fence tonight. That was his problem last season, and in his last start.