Can The Mets Beat The Phillies In 2009?

Sergio ValdezContributor IIMarch 24, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 08:  Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks to run against Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets during the last home opener at Shea Stadium on April 8, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Coming off 2 consecutive September collapses, the Mets and Phillies will enter this year, once again fighting for the National League East. Both teams have a lot of question marks, especially in their rotations. Can Mike Pelfrey build on last year? Will Brett Myers pitch like he did in the second half? There are plenty of questions on both sides, but 2009 promises to be a dog fight between both teams. The Braves and Marlins are two other teams you can't forget about. The Braves have improved this off-season, and the Marlins are a young and hungry team and could give both the Mets and Phillies troubles. When I look at the whole roster on both sides it is very close, but I have to give the Phillies the slight edge. I think that their bullpen and offense are the key for that team. The Mets have improved their pen, that last year blew a franchise record 29 saves last year. Blown oppurtunity's was what cost the Mets a Postseason birth last year, By adding Francisco Rodriguez and J.J Putz. Their rotation and offense have a few holes, but I'm confident that the Mets will at least take the wild card. Looking at the rest of the NL, theirs not another team, besides the Cubs and Phillies, that are better than the Mets. This year is going to be full of excitement and I know that the race for the east will be fought for to the end.