Sunday, December 21, 2014

Game 52: Hamels and the Big Apple

NEW YORK -- This place is a veritable house of horrors for Cole Hamels.

Game 52: Hamels and the Big Apple

Cole Hamels is still looking for his first win in New York. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Cole Hamels is still looking for his first win in New York. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

NEW YORK -- This place is a veritable house of horrors for Cole Hamels.

Twice in 2010, the Phillies lefthander started here and lost. In both of those starts, the Phillies failed to score a single run for Hamels.

The first start, he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. In the second start he allowed one run in eight innings for the complete-game loss. He also had the only Phillies hit in a 1-0 loss.

For his career, Hamels has never won a game he's started in New York. He's 0-4 in seven career outings between Shea Stadium and Citi Field. His cumulative line in those games:

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0-4, 4.29 ERA, 42 IP, 60 H, 20 ER, 10 BB, 36 K

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One minor roster move: The Phillies released outfielder Cory Sullivan from triple-A Lehigh Valley and officially signed outfielder Scott Podsednik. He'll report to Lehigh Valley.

Sullivan hit just .210 with a .586 OPS in 100 at-bats for the IronPigs. He saw a bunch of time with the big leaguers in spring training and was a favorite of Charlie Manuel.

Podsednik, the 35-year-old former stolen base champion, will have a shot to prove his worth at triple A after opting out of his minor-league deal with Toronto.

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No surprise, Domonic Brown is in the lineup. The big question is, will he start Sunday against lefthander Jonathon Niese? Brown has yet to start against a lefty, but Manuel has promised to ease him into the regular lineup. It might be time.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Chase Utley 4
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. John Mayberry Jr. 8
9. Cole Hamels 1

And for the Mets:

1. Jose Reyes 6
2. Justin Turner 5
3. Jason Bay 7
4. Carlos Beltran 9
5. Nick Evans 3
6. Angel Pagan 8
7. Ronny Paulino 2
8. Ruben Tejada 4
9. Mike Pelfrey 1


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