This is a great series for the Mets to prove to everyone, including themselves, that they are a good ballclub. The struggling Mets went 2-4 against the Pirates and the Nats, not something to be proud of. They did win the last two of three, however. By doing so, it prevented the road trip from being a complete disaster.
I have been thinking about it, and maybe since the Mets played down to the Nats and the Pirates they will play up to the Yanks and the Phillies.
This series doesn't determine the season though. All us Mets fans should be well aware of that. After the last two seasons, nothing from April to August matters. However, if the Mets do have a great six-game swing, then things will become very fun.
This time of year is always the best. With summer approaching, baseball is heating up, just like the weather. The fans will be filling their respective stadiums to full capacity. The only sport being talked about on ESPN will be baseball. The hand-held radios will be blaring at all the beaches, and different baseball caps will be on everyone's heads. This is the time baseball is the talk of the town, and for the love of God, let's pray the Mets are being talked about positively.
Now I know in recent years the Mets feel the season ends August 31, but they are going to need a great summer to keep the media off them and build their confidence. They are a good team that is getting healthy. They will show us all of that in the this upcoming week.
With Johan Santana on the mound the Mets hope to get off to a good start. It is key for the Mets to get the first one under their belt, unlike last week when they blew a 5-0 lead to the Pirates in the series opener. After that nothing went right. So if they can get up early and stay there, the Mets will be able to breathe easily and come out swinging in the next two games.
The Phillies' 'lights out closer” Brad Lidge has helped the Mets climb to within three games by blowing two games in a row. This just proves to me the Phillies are not the same team they were last year. Some people might disagree, and that's fine if you do. I just see them falling apart. When 46-year-old Jamie Moyer leads your staff with four wins, while having five losses, and maintaining a 6.27 ERA you know you're in trouble. It just a matter of time before they crumble and burn.
This is the Mets chance to make everything interesting and slap the annoying, loud-mouth Phillies around. If Johan can pitch well and Pelfery can get his act together, we will be in good shape. This is a crucial series to tell how the summer will go for the Mets.