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Monday, July 07, 2008

No longer sinking, but rising

And the Mets take three out of four from the Phillies in Citizen's Bank Ballpark. Billy Wagner made it stressful, but when it came down to it, the Phillies offense just wasn't that good, and they just weren't clutch enough to get the job done. In fact, the only win they got was in walk-off fashion in the 9th inning of a game in which Johan Santana should've been pitching. Instead Jerry Manuel pulls the Mets ace with only 95 pitches thrown and Sanchez gives it up in the 9th.
Pedro pitched well, but in typical Pedro Martinez fashion falters after he reaches the 100 pitch mark.

The Mets finally give former Met Killer Adam Eaton a loss, get Pedro his first win, and now are only two games out in the loss column. Billy Wagner pitched two of his bad games, and the Mets won anyway. The so-called 'gamer' Phillies have been bad, especially last year, after facing the Mets. Let's hope they continue that trend, and the Mets can win in these final six games. They could even be in first by the break.

Of course, the Mets have showed signs before, particularly against average Philadelphia who they are 7-3 against. A winning record over these next six would be a big step up though. Maybe the Mets really do turn it on now, and take the division they deserve.

Whether last year, or now, the Phillies have been incapable of building or holding a division lead. When it comes down to it, they're just not a first place team. They're a mediocre team that can pummel some teams and get hot, and can occasionally get up to play the big game against a better team, but usually that averages out in the long run and they finish where they belong, a couple of games above .500 and in second or third.

1 comment:

Eddie said...

Great weekend for the Mets in Philly... some of the wins were ugly, but nice to see the team catch one on the chin and fight back.

Only a game and a half behind after another Big Pelf gem tonight.

~ Eddie @ Ya Gotta Believe

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