Preview: Cole Hamels, who is just 2-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 starts against the Mets and winless at Citi Field, take another crack at it tonight under the lights on Fox. Mike Pelfrey, who was belted in both starts against the Phils this season, is scheduled for the Metropolitans. The Phillies will go Rollins, Utley, Polanco, Howard, Ibanez, Ruiz, Brown, Mayberry. With Shane Victorino’s return looming, time may be running out for guys Brown, Mayberry and Michael Martinez to make last impressions.
Phillies resign Walrond: The Phillies have reconnected with journeyman left-hander Les Walrond, who pitched briefly for the Phillies during their 2008 World Series campaign. Walrond, 34, had been pitching with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League where he was 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in nine relief appearances. He was assigned to Double-A Reading. Since pitching for the Phillies, Walrond has spent time in the Orient, pitching in Japan and Korea in 2009-10. He’s appeared in 23 Major League games divided between the Royals, Cubs and Phils. [Link]
Sullivan released: According to IronPigs radio, the IronPigs have officially added Scott Podsednik and have released veteran Cory Sullivan. Sullivan, who is kind of like a poor-man’s Podsednik anyway, was hitting just .210/.336/.250 with the Pigs. [Link]
Miller retires: Outfielder Matt Miller, who was a non-roster spring invitee and had been playing for Reading, has announced his retirement, according to the Reading Eagle. The 28-year-old veteran of the Rockies farm system arrived as one of the more touted minor league signings by the Phils this winter, bringing along a .325/.404/.436 line from 586 plate appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs the year before. Expected to start in Lehigh Valley, he was quickly bumped down to Reading and hit just .236/.303/.283 between the two affiliates. Perhaps he was another example of PCL smoke and mirrors. [Link]
Lidge pitches in extended spring training game: On a scale of 1-10, my excitement is around 3.