After a rainout last night, the Mets play a day-night doubleheader today at Citi Field, a place that has not been too kind to them in 2011. After registering an 88-74 record at home over the last two seasons, the Mets are 31-44 in their home whites and could finish with their poorest record at home since 1993, when they went 28-53. (The Mets went 34-46 at Shea Stadium in 2003.) They have already clinched their first losing season at home since 2004, when they finished 38-43 at Shea Stadium under the "tutelage" of Art Howe.
If the Mets don't want to finish with their worst home record since the days of their feared Frank Tanana, Eric Hillman and Dave Telgheder rotation (hey, don't go hatin' on Telgheder - he was 6-2 in '93), they'll need to come up big against the Phillies and Reds over their final six games.
It all begins today, when R.A. Dickey takes the mound to oppose Cole Hamels, or as we like to call this matchup at Studious Metsimus, it's a Dickey vs. a dick.
R.A. Dickey might be a man of many words, but he is not nearly the multi-tasker Cole Hamels is. After all, Hamels has proven that he can be an ass and a dick at the same time.
R.A. Dickey has been red hot lately, but unfortunately, he doesn't have the wins to show for it. Over his last 23 starts, Dickey has pitched to a cool 2.75 ERA. However, although the Mets have won 12 of those 23 starts, Dickey has only gotten credit for seven of them. Dickey also hasn't given up more than three earned runs since July 20, a span of 11 starts.
Hamels, on the other hand, has been awful recently, losing his last two starts to the lowly Astros and the contending Cardinals. After posting a 2.58 ERA over the first five months of the season, Hamels has registered a 4.18 ERA in the month of September. And let's not even get started with his lifetime record against the Mets. Ah, forget that. Let's talk about it right now!
In 16 career starts against the Mets, Hamels is 3-10 with a 4.69 ERA. Most people learn from their mistakes. Cole Hamels is not most people. In 2011, Hamels is 1-2 against New York and is the proud owner of a 9.64 ERA against the Mets.
One person who remembers Hamels very well is R.A. Dickey. On August 13, 2010, Dickey pitched the best game of his life, completing a one-hit shutout against the Phillies at Citi Field. The lone hit was a soft sixth inning single by (you guessed it) Cole Hamels.
The recipe is there for a victory. It's the red hot R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Mets. It's the ass who's also a dick taking the ball for the Phillies. Philadelphia has already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (including the World Series, if they make it that far). The Mets are just trying to re-establish their home-field advantage. I'll take my chances with a Dickey over a dick anytime.