Sunday, September 21, 2008

Seesaw September

Welcome to Seesaw September. It's a fantastic time of year for those of you who enjoy the high of victory one day and the despair of defeat the next. The chance to be in first place on Saturday and find yourself back in second place on Sunday.

It appears that the final week of the season will be a back and forth battle to the very end. I don't know about you, but I want to win the NL East. The wild card is like a consolation prize even though it would potentially get us in the playoffs. I feel the need to win the pennant to overcome the demons of last year, and to stick it to the Phillies.

The problem is Johan Santana can't pitch every day. Oh yeah and our bullpen stinks.

Today's game at Turner Field is bigger than one might think. The Mets need to continue to show the ability to bounce back after losses, both at the plate and on the mound. The Phillies seem to rebound rather nicely from losses and in this rollercoaster month we need to outmatch them at every step.

I don't think the Marlins are going to lose to the Phillies twice in a row. So if the Mets want to take back first place, they absolutely need a win today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And the day after that too.

One week left. One week to silence the critics. One week to win the pennant.

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