The second game of a day-night double-header gets underway at 7:35 p.m. as Cole Hamels and the Phillies try for the split against John Maine and the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
Preview: The Phillies made a game of it this afternoon, even though El Duque dictated most of the early action, while the Phils countered with ill-equipped right-hander J.D. Durbin, who surrendered six runs over 4 2-3 innings. The Phillies battled back with home runs by Chris Coste, Wes Helms and a pinch-hit RBI single from Pat Burrell, while the bullpen didn't allow a run after Durbin's departure. Now the odds could shift in their favor when Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.80) makes his 17th start of the season. Hamels has fanned a NL second-best 111 and was the fastest pitcher to make it to nine wins. He’s looking for his first solid game since June 12 against the White Sox. His last start was shortened by a rain delay.
I hesitate in saying the odds are in the Phils’ favor because right-hander John Maine (8-4, 2.87 ERA) has been tough on the Phils and has had such a solid, consistent season. He’s 3-0 with a 2.47 lifetime ERA against the Phils.