We have come a long way since that sun-drenched April afternoon. 11-11 April, 10-18 May, the removal of Joe Girardi, the shoulder or elbow issues with Harper then his broken finger. Aided by the renaissance of Rob Thomson and outstanding play in June and July. The Phillies find themselves firmly in the wild card hunt and in striking distance of the Division lead.
Yes, I said striking distance. Beginning Friday night, the Phillies will throw all their chips in the center of the table of the NL East. 7 out of their next 10 games are against the NL East-leading New York Mets. After this stretch, the Phillies, Mets, and the fans will have a clearer sense of who deserves to win the division. So, it begins
Party Like It’s 2007
The Phillies will bring their revamped lineup, above-average starting pitching rotation, and their lights-out bullpen to bear against the stinking New York Mets. The Mets currently hold a 9-3 advantage in head-to-head meetings against the Phillies, but with seven games remaining in the season, the series is still in the balance. So, it begins.
What a difference half a season, a manager change, and the trade deadline can make. The Phillies and Mets are separated by their head-to-head matchups this season. The Phillies will enter Friday’s series opener 10.5 games behind the Mets. Take that against the 9-3 record that the Mets have against the Phillies and there you have the difference between these two teams.
The Mets have taken full advantage of their opportunities against the Phillies this year. The Phillies have not. But fear not 7 out of the next 10 and the season series are still in the balance. Will it take the Phillies to play the best ball they have played so far this year, will it take luck, and will it take the Mets to collapse suddenly and totally? If I didn’t know better, I would think it’s 2007 all over again. So, it begins.
Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.