Rainouts Might Be a Blessing for the Mets

Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 06:  Johan Santana  #57 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on May 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Mets haven’t played a game since Sunday’s 7-0 trumping over the feeble Washington Nationals.

Each and every day, the Mets continue to put out a lineup of guys that most of us would have been shocked to see on an everyday basis.

Guys like Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, and Fernando Martinez weren’t expected to be playing such a large role at this point of the season.

Unfortunately, the injury plague attacked this team. Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes, among others, were casualties. Now the Mets need to make due.

The rain could be of assistance. Each day a game is rained out is a potential game that they will have their big guns in there to go to battle at a later date. For example, if today’s game is called and is rescheduled for a day in September, the Mets will most likely have Reyes, Delgado, Putz, and maybe even Wagner available.

I would much rather go to war with that team.

Now, I know I have said that I think this team could persevere through all of the adversity, but they are going to need some serious help. Realistically, this team probably needs to set its sights on the wild card.

Once the Phillies get rolling and Brad Lidge gets righted, they are going to run away with the division. The Phillies are arguably the best team in the National League, and they proved it with the way they played the Dodgers in their four-game set.

Right now, I am pretty sure the Phillies are on their high horse. They are healthy and they know the Mets are a team that is limping into their three-game showdown. The Mets can take advantage of that. The element of surprise could be a very dangerous thing.

The Mets still have bats that are capable of making a big splash. One of which is Gary Sheffield.

Sheff may be the most important player in the series.

With the Phillies throwing three lefties, the argument can be made to start him every game. I see that as unlikely with his hobbled legs, but you never know.

This is going to be brutal.


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