Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Phils, Mets rivalry not what it was

Mr. Met has not had reason to be too happy this season 

 You always knew when the Mets were in town to take on the Phillies. The New York Mets have had a fairly large contingent of fans that used to follow them down the NJ Turnpike on road trips. In the past couple of seasons, that contingent has been reduced. The bubble of optimism that used to surround the Mets team has long since faded. The Phillies beat the lackluster Mets by a score of 10-0 last night.

Cliff Lee earned his 14th win and suddenly he has catapulted himself up with the top 2 pitchers on the Phillies team in the wins column. If Cliff Lee should land the Cy Young award this season, it will be one of the best stories of the year. Lee has struck out more batters than any Phillies pitcher so far this year, he added another 7 last night to bring his season total to 191.

 What will become of the Mets? That subject is an interesting one, as they have players on the team that were supposed to do great things, but they haven't quite lived up to those expectations. Jose Reyes has been on the Mets for 9 years, he was playing his heart out until he got injured but I don't think the Mets are going to re-sign him for a long term deal after this season. He is still 28 years old, so youth is on his side though for any other team that is thinking about adding Reyes.

 Vance Worley gets another chance at winning his 9th game of the year tonight, in his last 3 starts Worley has a 5.14 ERA and his early success is now starting to show signs of wear even though he is still 8-1 on the season. He will face Jon Niese, 11-10 with a 4.05 ERA. That is one of the Mets biggest problems, their pitching overall is in need of a major overhaul.

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