"Well, you'd think the lineup would have changed a little bit year-for-year," Sandberg said. "Maybe it's not about the lineup."
That is true; a pitcher's history against a specific team can be somewhat misleading. But current Mets hitters have a .300 batting average and .811 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 265 plate appearances against Hamels. David Wright and Daniel Murphy are the most successful; Eric Young and Juan Lagares have big numbers in smaller sample sizes.
Hamels' numbers against New York, when reduced to the last four seasons, are even worse. He has a 5.42 ERA in 14 starts since 2011.
"It's also a game of things evening out, so maybe it goes in the other direction," he said. "You never know."
Hamels has a 7.02 ERA through three starts this year. It was 7.56 after three starts in 2013, and Hamels finished with a 3.60 mark.
Jonathan Papelbon needed just seven pitches - all strikes - to record his 10th save in the 3-2 win Friday. That extended the closer's scoreless streak, which began April 5, to 13 innings
Papelbon, oddly enough, enjoyed a similar streak at the same point in 2013. He pitched 182/3 scoreless innings from April 4 to May 28 with 15 strikeouts and two walks. His ERA in his next 42 innings was 3.86.
His career-long scoreless period is 22 innings while with Boston in 2011.
The Phillies left 17 men on base in 11 innings Friday, their most in a game since Aug. 26, 2008. That was a 13-inning win against New York at Citizens Bank Park.