The Mets are still cellar dwellers in the National League East, but they could do a lot to get out of the pit of despair by taking two out of three against the incoming Philadelphia Phillies. In a best-case scenario, they could pull within two games of first place and jump ahead of the bunch that is the rest of the division. They bottom four teams are within a game and a half of each other.
The Mets have the fortune of coming off a successful series against the Yankees, who themselves were reeling from a beating by the Tampa Bay Rays at home. The Phillies didn’t have a great series against the Boston Red Sox as they lost two of out three. Go back to six games and the Phils are on a mini-slump having lost four out of six.
The Mets are hoping their two wins against the Bombers will turn things around for them even further. Jason Bay busted out of his home run slump by clubbing two against the Yankees in Sunday night’s primetime showdown. If he can get really hot and David Wright can keep up his hits, the Mets can get something going. Another key, of course, is Jose Reyes. He still needs to get on base more, but he seems to be coming around.
The real question for this Philly series is the Mets’ replacement pitches. Both R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi have to prove their impressive starts weren’t flukes. It will be a tough test against the bats of the Phillies, who beat up the Mets pretty well in their last outing in the City of Brotherly Love. Whatever they do, it’s gotta be better than what Oliver Perez and John Maine were throwing at them.
Time to watch the action.