Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’ve given up on the Mets way too early this season, you’ll know that they’ll tussle with the Phillies this weekend for control of the division.
Some think it’ll be a successful weekend if the Mets can win just one game. I think they can take two. The pitching matchups seem to favor it.
Jon Niese will face Kyle Kendrick and his 7.71 ERA tonight. He’s allowed at least five runs in four starts so far this season. Two of those came against the Nationals.
The marquee matchup will be Saturday afternoon when 4-0 Mike Pelfrey faces off against Phillies ace Roy Halladay, 4-1. Halladay is a tough customer because he pitches deep and he’s stingy. He only allowed three runs in his first four starts. He hasn’t been totally invincible as he was tagged with five runs in his last outing vs. the Giants.
Pelfrey, of course, is no slouch, either. He’ll try to extend his scoreless streak to five straight games and lower that ERA below 0.69.
Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana will wrap things up on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. This will be the third straight Sunday of the Mets being featured on that program. Perhaps they felt gypped after last week’s game was rained out.
Even if Pelfrey doesn’t top Halladay, you gotta like the Mets’ chances of coming out of Philadelphia a game a half in front of the Phils. What both teams have to watch out for is Washington. They’re right in the thick of things and could leapfrog both teams if they can sweep the Marlins. Or, if the Marlins can turn the tables, they could be in a tie for first.
How many games do you think the Mets will win against the Phillies?