Tonight is the first time this year the Mets will be facing their favorite pitcher, Colbert Hamels. I’m sure the Mets are thinking about his now infamous “choke artist” comments over the winter break.
Need a reminder? Here ya go:
“For the past two years, they’ve been choke artists. That’s kind of what we believed, and I think we’re always going to believe that until they prove us wrong.“
I have but one piece of advice for the Mets: The best defense is the best offense against this guy.
You want to hit Hamels hard. Knock him out of the game. If you happen to hit a line drive off his hand, well, there’s just a bonus for us.
On a serious note, hitting Hamels is the only way the Mets are going to win this game tonight.
They cannot completely trust that Mike Pelfrey will be able to shut down the Philadelphia Phillies. He has been shaky this year as a whole, mostly due to inuries. He is sporting a 4.85 ERA.
Well, it is not like Colbert’s is any better at 4.40. The difference is, while Colbert has been hurt on and off this year, he is returning to MVP form. Pelfrey is still trying to settle in.
The Mets are going to have to do the little and big things to win. They need to get on base, however they can, be it walks or getting hit by a pitch. Just do not get hurt. The way the Mets are going, they have their own wing at the hospital along with frequent visit mileage.
I want to see the Mets hitting the ball to move guys over into scoring position. I want to see them actually bring guys home.
I do not expect to see many home runs tonight like last night. I expect a few possibly off Pelfrey. The Mets need to play hard. Whatever it takes that is legal needs to be done.