It may not feel like it, but tonight's win is extremely important for the New York Mets. First of all it's always good to win at home before heading out on the road, but this road trip is different than most. It's 11 straight games without a break in 3 different areas of the country. It's probably the toughest road trip of the season so getting an extra win at home is essential.
Secondly, the Mets are notoriously awful with doubleheaders. I can't remember the last time we swept a doubleheader. The fact that it comes against an NL East rival team like the Phillies who are hanging on to their hold of second place in the standings.
Finally, the Mets feed off of momentum. When we were losing games, we kept losing games. When we're winning games it becomes contagious. The Mets lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night, but we were able to bounce back with a win. The Mets lineup and our starting pitchers need that momentum as they hit the road for what will feel like an eternity.
We need El Duque to buckle down, work that changeup and give us 7 to 8 innings of solid pitching. Plus the bats need to wake up in time for a trip to Citizens Bank park.
This game will give us some insight on what's to come on the Mets road trip.