Friday, April 18, 2008

Hamels vs. Santana at Citizen's Bank Today

The Mets took the first series between the two at Shea, but round two will begin today in the battle between the Phillies and the Mets. Today's game features the two lefty aces: Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phils while Johan Santana will get the ball for the Mets. This will be the first match-up between Santana and the Phillies, so it should be a fun one. Expect the Phillies to load up their line-up with righties, so we should see So Taguchi leading off again, with Jayson Werth hitting second. Hamels has been dealing for the Phillies, so we'll see if the Mets can get anything going off him.

Here are the pitching match-ups for the series:
Friday: Mets (Santana, 1-2) vs. Phillies (Hamels, 2-1), 7:05 pm
Saturday: Mets (Perez, 1-0) vs. Phillies (Moyer, 1-0), 3:55 pm
Sunday: Mets (Pelfrey, 2-0) vs. Phillies (Eaton, 0-0), 8:05 pm

The Sunday night game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Jimmy Rollins is expected to return to the team for Saturday's game, but it's not known yet whether he will be healthy enough to play. In retrospect, the Phillies would have been smart to put Rollins on the 15 day D.L. and let him heal up, but since he has been pinch hitting, they can't put him on retroactively.

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