Phillies-Mets: The Battle of the Ages

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2008

The battle on is still raging. The most notable fighters are Travis (Mets) and Christian, Bryn, and myself (Phillies). I basically started this whole thing with my article “Mets Get K-Rod: Trouble For Phillies? ” in which Travis commented.


Three hours later “Philadelphia Phillies Fans, I'm in The Mood For a Fight!” popped up. It was written by Travis. Recently, “New York Mets Fans: You Wanted a Fight, You Got One” came out. It was by Christian.


Now, I am going to settle the matter with facts and nothing but the facts. Position by position, I’ll break it down. Then, you may comment if you wish.





Mets: Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro

Phillies: Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste


Combined, Ruiz and Coste batted .239 with 13 home runs while Castro and Schneider hit .253 with 16 home runs. Obviously, 2008 wasn’t the Year of the Catcher. For fielding, the Coste and Ruiz threw out 53 of 162 (33%) of would be base stealers. Castro and Schneider threw out 26 of 85 (31%) of would be base stealers.


Winner: Mets



First Base


Mets: Carlos Delgado

Phillies: Ryan Howard


Both Howard and Delgado are good. Though he batted only .251, Howard still clubbed 48 home runs and knocked in 146 runs. Delgado also did well, but he fell up short in home run and RBI total. He hit .271 with 38 homers and 115 RBI.


Winner: Phillies



Second Base


Mets: Luis Castillo, Argenis Reyes, and Damian Easley

Phillies: Chase Utley


Not much production from the Mets this time. Utley played most of the season with a hip injury, and he still wins. Castillo hit .245, Easley hit .269, and Reyes hit only .218 while Utley hit .292 with 33 home runs.


Winner: Phillies (without a doubt)





Mets: Jose Reyes

Jimmy Rollins: Jimmy Rollins


Really close one here. This is probably the closest one there is. Reyes hit .297 with 16 homers and 56 steals while J-Roll hit .277 with 11 homers and 47 steals. Fielding-wise, Rollins was a vacuum, while Reyes was just a duster, but this isn’t just about fielding.


Winner: Mets



Third Base


Mets: David Wright

Phillies: Pedro Feliz


I don’t really want to get too detailed here. We all know Wright did better. Feliz did beat him in the fielding competition, though.


Winner: Mets



Right Field


Mets: Ryan Church and Endy Chavez

Phillies: Jayson Werth


Chavez and Church combined for 13 home runs and 61 RBI, while Werth hit 24 homers and 67 RBI. Werth also batted .273 while Church batted .276 and Chavez batted .267.


Winner: Phillies



Center Field


Mets: Carlos Beltran

Phillies: Shane Victorino


I take back what I said before. This one was the hardest to decide, though it may not look like it. Victorino batted .292 with 14 homers, 58 RBI, 36 stolen bases, 167 hits, and 102 runs scored.


Beltran batted .284 with 27 homers, 112 RBI, 25 stolen bases, 172 hits, and 116 runs scored. Victorino had a fielding percentage of .994 while Beltran had a percentage of .993. Really close.


Winner: Mets



Left Field


Mets: Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy

Phillies: Greg Dobbs, Matt Stairs, and Geoff Jenkins


Wow. That’s all I can say. Combined, Dobbs, Stairs, and Jenkins, beat Tatis, and Murphy in every single category. Though they won’t get the same amount of playing time next year, the three-man platoon will probably be very successful.


Winner: Phillies



Starting Pitching


Mets: Johan Santana, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, and Pedro Martinez

Phillies: Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, and Kyle Kendrick


These were the rotations of the teams last year. The Phils rotation may be different next year, but both are pretty strong. Santana is the best out of them and then Hamels. If Myers can continue his hot streak next year, and if Kendrick or J.A. Happ or whomever the Phils call-up is strong, it could be the Phils.


Winner: Even





Mets: Francisco Rodriguez, Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith, Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoenweis, Duaner Sanchez    

Phillies: Brad Lidge, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre


The acquisition of K-Rod may change things for the Mets in the last ninth inning, but at this point the Phils are better. They had one of the best, if not the best, bullpen in the majors last year.


Winner: Phillies



Phillies Win: 5-4


There you have it. Statistically, the Phillies are better, but the offseason isn’t over yet. So good luck to both the Phillies and the Mets.


(Also, I'm not familiar with the Mets’ pitching prospects, so if there is a young pitcher who I didn’t mention, tell me in the comments and I will see if I can add him in somewhere.)


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