Here come the Phillies. After a triumph in a set of relatively unimportant games with their crosstown rivals, the Mets will now square off against their real rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, who, despite losing two of three to the Red Sox, are only three games out. So the Mets have the capability to leave this series with a six-game division lead, or they could leave it tied with the Phillies. So, yeah, it's important. Also important to note is that the Mets will be unable to toss one of their aces in the two-headed monster that is this rotation. Accordingly, Victori Gonzalez and Alay "Your Fears" Soler will pitch in this series. Fun.
Game 1: Tuesday, 7:10
Gavin Floyd, RHP (4-2, 5.71 ERA) vs. Steve Trachsel, RHP (2-4, 4.33 ERA)
Game 2: Wednesday, 7:10
Cole Hamels, LHP (0-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Jeremi Gonzalez, RHP (0-0, 10.13 ERA)
Game 3: Thursday, 1:10 (EDT)
Jon Lieber, RHP (3-5, 5.81 ERA) vs. Alay Soler, RHP (MLB DEBUT)
PHI Record- 23-20
Players to Watch for:
PHI: Pat the Bat. Let's get it straight, this guy absolutely massacres the Mets. Expect him to do his usual schtick.
NYM: David Wright. Off that huge homer on Sunday night, I'm expecting some power and production from this kid.
Player of the Series: Carlos Beltran
Picks: Two of three for the Metros, but a bit of trouble from Soler. Gosh, why can't anyone hold a rotation spot?