If you’re a regular reader of MMO, you know that I haven’t done a recap here since 2009. However, after today’s 11-2 blowout of the Phillies, it would be hard for me not to do a recap, basically because there’s something I have to get off my chest. It’s something that’s been on my mind ever since I listened to WFAN on a cold December afternoon in 2008, when Cole Hamels called the Mets “choke artists”.
Come closer to the screen so you can get a clear view of what I have to say. A little closer. Just a little more. Okay, here goes.
THE METS OWN COLE HAMELS!!
In a nationally televised FOX game, the entire country got to see the Jonathon Niese (who pitched seven strong innings) and the Mets pound Hamels, knocking the All-Star pitcher out of the game with one out in the fifth inning. Hamels tied his career-high by allowing seven runs (all earned) on eight hits. He also walked four batters while striking out three.
It was the first time Hamels allowed more than four earned runs in a game since April 5, when (you guessed it) the Mets scored six runs against him in 2.2 innings.
Prior to the game, Hamels was 11-4 with a 2.32 ERA and a National League-leading 0.93 WHIP. Notice my use of the word “was” in the last sentence. So how did the Mets do it against Cole Hamels today? They did it like so…
Scott Hairston doubled. Daniel Murphy singled. Jon Niese walked. Justin Turner singled. Scott Hairston doubled (again). Jason Bay walked. Nick Evans walked. Ruben Tejada singled. Angel Pagan hit a sacrifice fly. (Hey, Hamels finally got someone out!) Justin Turner walked. Daniel Murphy hit a 395-foot homer. Jason Bay singled. Nick Evans tripled.
After allowing the Mets’ Murderers Row to reach base against him 12 times, Charlie Manuel finally took Hamels out of the game, where he left to a chorus of boos (or were those Phillies fans saying “RAUUUUUUUUL” for Raul Ibañez? I couldn’t tell because I don’t speak “stupid”).
The change in pitchers made no difference to the Mets, as they scored four runs on seven hits off relievers David Herndon and Danys Baez, with the big blow coming off the bat of Scott Hairston. The rightfielder, who was only in the game because Carlos Beltran had a one thousand degree fever, (and that’s in Celsius!) launched a three-run bomb into the left field landing, a place usually reserved for home runs by opposing teams. The homer gave Hairston three extra-base hits on the day and a season-high five RBIs.
Raise your hands, raise your hands if you’re sure! Scott Hairston was certainly sure, hitting a titanic three-run blast that “put it in the books” for the Mets. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
So now you know how the Mets crushed the Phillies. Now you get to sit through the juicy parts, where I give you Cole Hamels’ numbers against teams that don’t have “Mets” on their jerseys, versus what he does against the boys in blue and orange.
- Career W-L record vs. the Mets: 3-10
- Career W-L record vs. everyone else: 68-40
- Career ERA vs. the Mets: 4.69
- Career ERA vs. everyone else: 3.31
- Career WHIP vs. the Mets: 1.59
- Career WHIP vs. everyone else: 1.11
- This year vs. the Mets: 1-2, 9.64 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
- This year vs. everyone else: 10-3, 1.91 ERA, 0.87 WHIP
The Mets hit Cole Hamels well just about every time they face him. Whether it’s a lineup consisting of Ike Davis, David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, or a batting order that features none of them, the Mets usually find a way to make Cole Hamels eat his words.
Three years ago, Cole Hamels called the Mets choke artists. Now we know why he said it. After all, it takes one to know one.