Cole Hamels gets the ball for the start of a three-game series with the Mets, who're making their home opener. John Maine gets the start for New York.
Hamels (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is coming off a masterful debut in which he didn't allow a run. Maine (0-0, 0.00 ERA), likewise, didn't allow a run over seven innings in his debut against the Cardinals. The Phillies are seeking just their second victory and the early pressure is already starting to build. This should be a nice, early challenge in the young career of Hamels, against a division rival with the frenzy of a home opener. The Mets do not hit lefties well, but the Phillies did not hit Maine last year. Expect an even pitching matchup, while Atlanta, the early division leaders, look on after taking care of both teams.