Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hamels vs. Santana I

Cole Hamels faces Johan Santana for the first time tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels vs. Santana I

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Cole Hamels vs. Johan Santana. Yeah, that should be good.Cole Hamels said Wednesday that he couldn't care less about who he's pitching against tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

Hey, that's OK.

But everybody else does.

It doesn't get much better than Hamels vs. Johan Santana. When the Mets acquired Santana from the Minnesota Twins this winter, everybody envisioned games between two of the best lefthanders in baseball with two of the best changeups in baseball. Hamels vs. Santana should boost what already is growing into one of the better rivalries in baseball. Tonight's game is sold out. Tomorrow afternoon's game is sold out, and just a few tickets remain for Sunday's series finale against the Mets. So it should be a good atmosphere. And well-pitched games from Hamels and Santana should only add to the excitement tonight.

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The Phillies offense showed some life in yesterday's 10-2 victory over the Astros.

Think Chris Coste deserves another start tonight? He's hitting .400 while Carlos Ruiz is struggling.

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In the Phillies Notebook, Brett Myers has his second consecutive quality start, Jimmy Rollins' MRI results and more.

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Pitching match ups for the Mets series.

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