Mets Game 93: Win Over Phillies
Mets 11 Phillies 2
Let’s hope the Mets have their way with Cole Hamels like this when they face him in the postseason as well.
Mets Game Notes
This may sound crazy, but although Jon Niese shut out the Phillies through six innings, he didn’t look all that great. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t as good as the goose eggs suggest. From the first frame he was falling behind hitters and struggled getting his first pitch over the plate. But he managed to keep the Phils from scoring until the seventh thanks to their lack of patience and discipline.
In contrast, the Mets hitters had exactly the right approach against Cole Hamels, who like Niese was perpetually falling behind on the count. Unlike the Phillies, the Mets waited for pitches to hit and let Hamels dig himself into holes and beat himself. A fine job of team hitting by the orange and blue.
Nick Evans hit the ball well all afternoon, and stroked an RBI triple.
The decision to place Scott Hairston third in the order worked beautifully, as Hairston hit two doubles and a homer and drove in four runs.
If Hairston faced Hamels and Phillies mop-up relievers every day, he’d be a Triple Crown threat.
Next Mets Game
The rubber match will take place on Sunday afternoon in Flushing at 1:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Kyle Kendrick. The Mets drew the right three Philly starters to face this weekend; let’s hope they can take advantage of it and win this series.