If the rain holds off or doesn't get too heavy Tuesday night, Cole Hamels will make his home debut against a team he's never been able to solve -- the Mets.
Maybe it would be better for Hamels if the next two games against the Mets get washed out. It's within the realm of possibility.
We all know of Hamels' career-long struggles against the Mets. He's 7-13 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 26 starts. David Wright (.349 off him) and Daniel Murphy (.353) have owned him.
But Cole did look pretty good in his last start, when he held the Dodgers to two runs and six hits in six innings. Displeased he was allowed to throw only 86 pitches, he'll be extra determined to pitch deep into Tuesday night.
Hamels will oppose Jon Niese (1-2, 2.45).
• Niese is not the ideal pitching matchup for Hamels. The 27-year-old lefty has historically handled the Phils, going 6-6 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.21 WHIP against them. Last season, he gave up just one run and nine hits in 15 2/3 innings (including a complete game shutout) against them.
• Both of last year's starts came at Citi Field. At the Bank, Niese is 1-4 with a 5.91 ERA in his last six starts there.
• Key matchups for Hamels: David Wright (22 for 63, 5 HR), Daniel Murphy (12 for 34, HR), Eric Young (9 for 21). Hamels has never faced Curtis Granderson or Bobby Abreu.
• Key matchups for Niese: Ryan Howard (1 for 15, 7 K), Chase Utley (2 for 22), Carlos Ruiz (7 for 21, HR), Jayson Nix (4 for 7).
• The Phillies and Mets have both won six of their past eight games.