Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Chase for the ... wild card

The second season begins tonight. The Phillies have played 131 games and none of those mean anything now. They might as well be 0-0 and opening on the road against the Mets.

In looking at the pitching matchups for the three-game series in New York, the Mets would have to be favored. In a battle of call-ups tonight, New York's Jae Sao (6-1, 1.30 ERA) should have the edge over Robinson Tejeda (4-3, 3.20). Pedro Martinez (13-5, 2.77) should beat Phillies ace Brett Myers (11-6, 3.55) and in a battle of disappointments, Tom Glavine (10-11, 4.06) will go against Jon Lieber (12-12, 4.81).

This is the closest the Mets have been to the wild-card lead and could very well be in the lead on Thursday night.

My prediction: Mets win two out of three.

What about yours?


At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to have some hope that the Phils can take two out of three. With the way Jae Seo has been pitching lately, I'd have to give the first game to him. However, the Mets have had a tough time scoring runs for Pedro all year long, and if that game ends up being being decided by the bullpen, you have to favor the Phils. As for Glavine-Lieber, it's a toss-up. If Pratt is catching for the Phils Thursday afternoon, though, I like their chances.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like most of the media and definately everyone on WIP, you miss out on 33% of the comparative analysis: THE BULLPENS.

The Phils can and should win by getting to the Mets pen and shutting down the Mets in the last 3. Most negative Philly natives only pay "lip" service to the value of the bullpen.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry boys. It's time for the Fightin's to break character. Phils sweep the Mets on the road. Pat Burrell will continue his dismantling of Shae.

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mets win only two of three??

At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe the Mets are even in this race. But like you say, Jim, their starting pitching is stronger than ours. Sadly, that's the case with most of the wild-card contenders.


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