Jimmy Rollins spent the first six seasons of his career as Vicente Padilla’s teammate in Philadelphia before the right-hander left on a sour note in 2005.
Padilla is now back in his life as the Dodgers’ starter for Game 2 of the NLCS and Rollins likes the Phillies’ chances:
I don’t know what you’re going to get from Padilla. I’ve been behind him. If he’s good, he’s good. If he’s not, he’s way off. He definitely can [get rattled]. It really depends on how we approach him, if his team scores obviously he becomes more confident. If we get out there early we could probably get in his head and make him throw a lot of pitches.
Padilla has faced the Phillies just once since being traded to the Rangers, as Rollins and company knocked him around for seven runs in six innings last season.
Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.
Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.
Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.