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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Letters to the NL East, part 4

Letters to the NL East, Part 4 of 5

Dear Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies,

Cole Hamels! That's your biggest pitcher, a pitcher whose stats matched up well with our third starter, John Maine. I'd be willing to put money on Maine having a better year than Hamels this year, and you just can't win when another team in your division absolutely dominates you in pitching quality like that. I heard bartenders in Philadelphia did great business the day Johan Santana signed with the Mets, and I expect once the season starts they'll be there to help your fans drown their sorrows again.

Your biggest hope is that Brett Myers can manage to pitch well in the rotation, and that Brad Lidge figures out how to close again. I wouldn't hold my breath on either one, especially in that park. Even if both happen, all it means is that you'll stick around a couple of weeks longer before the Mets put you away. And make no mistake, they will be looking for blood this year.

You've opened a can of worms Jimmy Rollins, and helped to start this little rivalry we have going recently. It has the possibility of being an awesome competition, one that could rival even the Red Sox and Yankees, if you can hold up your end of the bargain. I doubt you're going to have as good a year as last year Jimmy so that means someone else is going to have to step up. This rivalry will quickly become a one night stand by July otherwise.

Your new rival,

Optimistic Mets Fan

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