Tomorrow, it begins. The fight for first place.
There was Ali/Frazier, Tom/Jerry, Lakers/Celtics, Rocky/Drago, Superman/Lex Luthor, Trump/Rosie, Cruise/Shields, Favre/Packers, A-Rod/Mrs. A-Rod, and now Mets/Phillies.
While the Mets have won 11 of their last 13 games, the Phillies have been struggling to win back to back series against the likes of the Diamondbacks and Marlines. Neither team has gotten great performances from their starting pitching since the All Star break, but the Phillies are struggling for help in their bullpen while the Mets are seeing some improvement.
A lot will be made of this series starting on Tuesday night. Sure it's a battle for first place, but even if one team gets swept, the other team will only be 3 games out as their worst possible scenario. The season is far from over regardless of the outcome.
The Mets need this series more than the Phillies because it's on their home turf where they got swept by Philadelphia late last season and have struggled to win meaningful games. The Mets took 3 out of 4 from the Phillies to start their 10 game win streak, but need to prove the run wasn't a fluke and this team is here to stay.
If the Mets got swept, it would be devastating to the fan base even though the team would still be in pretty good position, all things considered. But taking even 2 out of 3 would be a big spark for this club and help alleviate some of that lingering anxiety that Mets fans still harbor from last September.
Baseball fever has gotten me and I'm looking forward to enjoying this series. Of course the only way I'll enjoy it is if the Mets win so here's to sweeping the Phillies.