Make no mistake about it. These next 4 games against the Phillies are important ones for the Metropolitans. Take 3 out of 4, and they put a little more cushion between themselves and the Phils. Lose 3 out of 4 and,the Phillies are right there breathing down your necks. Plus they would gain a ton of confidence and start feeling god about themselves. So now is the time to start stepping it up. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Game 1: El Duque (3-3, 2.77 ERA) vs. Durbin (0-0, 94.50 ERA)
Game 2: Maine (8-4, 2.87 ERA) vs. Hamels (9-3, 3.80 ERA)
Game 3: Sosa (6-3, 3.79 ERA) vs. Happ (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Game 4: Perez (7-6, 3.14 ERA) vs. Kendrick (2-0, 5.00 ERA)
Two things I noticed off-hand. The Mets catch a break by not having Pelfrey come up to make a start and by having Paul lo Duca for the series. All of the matchups favor the Mets except for game 2. The Mets ALWAYS have trouble against pitchers they've never seen so Game 3 might be interesting. But realistically, the Mets have no reason not to take 3 of 4. Time to step it up guys. Holla back.