Saturday, September 15, 2007

Phillies Own the Mets

Jimmy Rollins’ pre-season proclamation that the Phillies are ‘the team to beat’ was not that far off. In fact, the Phillies get beat by just about every other team but the Mets.

For the seventh straight time, the Mets fell to the Phillies and once again, they had a lead late in the game. I cannot remember a season in which the Mets lost so many games to one team in so many different ways. The Braves owned the Mets for years, but since when did the Phillies turn in to Atlanta? They have beaten the Mets in all phases of the game and it is clear they are in the heads of this club. Just ask Paul LoDuca and Marlin Anderson, who struck out on a terrible call leading off the ninth. Would it surprise anyone, in this day and age, if the home plate umpire was on the take? That was such a bad call the league should do an investigation.

Tomorrow is a must win game; not so much to hold on to the NL East (although I am concerned) but to simply break this streak and regain some confidence, if not, their dignity. It seems like the entire team gets brain freeze when playing Philly. I mean, what was Jose Reyes thinking trying to steal 3rd with 2 outs and David Wright at the plate? Little Leaguers know not to do that! And what was wrong with Carlos Beltran today?

It was just another terrible defeat in a string of painful losses to this team. Normally, I’d say Perez has to go out and pitch a gem tomorrow to win the game, but starting pitching has hardly been the problem. The bull pen needs to step up and even more importantly, the offense needs to go out and score some runs; enough leaving a hundred guys on base. It’s downright pathetic that we can’t hit these pitchers.

Tomorrow, we’re facing a guy with a 6.7 ERA. Get a “W”!

And if we don’t win, take comfort in knowing that we don’t have to play them anymore this year…in the regular season that is. I shudder to think what would happen if we ever met in the NLCS.

1 comment:

dave said...

I'm with you about the league investigating umpiring this year. That call was beyond ridiculous. Willie needed to get out there and say something.