Mets @ Phillies Series Preview

There was a time in the late 80's when Mets fans would travel down the Interstate to Philadelphia for September games against the Phillies. The upper deck at the Vet would be full of New Yorkers cheering their team on as they inched closer to a division title. Those days are gone. The tables have now turned in the NL East.

The Phillies come into Thursday's game tied for the Wild Card lead with the Marlins. Though New York is coming off a pride swelling sweep of the Braves, the team is really just preparing to spend another October on the sidelines.

Philadelphia can't seem to make up their minds about their status among elite NL teams. They've allowed half the league to join what was once a two team race, losing six in a row at one point. Philadelphia has since won five of six games, but they can't seem to pull away from the pack. Their luck began to turn around last weekend against the Mets, sweeping the three game set at Shea.

Pitching Matchups:

Tonight's game will feature a rematch of last Saturday night's game. Randy Wolf (13-9 4.14 ERA) will be on the mound for the Phillies. The team's lone All-Star representative had dropped two straight decisions before stopping the Mets last week. Wolf gave up two runs on six hits in seven strong innings of work. New York will counter with Tom Glavine. Glavine (9-12 4.44 ERA) has pitched pretty well recently, but was tagged last weekend for four runs on four hits against the Phillies.

In another repeat matchup, Vicente Padilla (12-9 3.79) and Jae Weong Seo (8-9 4.25 ERA) will duel on Friday night. Padilla started the season strong, but has pitched incinsistantly since then. Padilla did, however, beat the Mets last week, allowing just one run on two hits in eight solid innings. In that same game, Seo lasted just six innings, giving up four runs en route to the loss.

Brett Myers (12-7 4.21 ERA) will pitch on Sunday. Myers is a very promising young pitcher, but seems to be getting worn down by the long season. Myers has not won a game since August 16th, earning two No Decisions and a loss in his last three starts, including Monday's wild 13-9 loss to the Red Sox. Myers pitched just four innings, leaving after allowing five runs on seven hits. Jeremy Griffiths (1-1 5.72), another up and coming young pitcher has pitched well his last two outings. Though he did not earn a decision, Griffiths gave up just two runs in six innings against the Braves last week. Amaury Telemaco (1-2 3.96 ERA ) and Al Leiter (14-7 4.06 ERA) will pitch the finale on Sunday. Telemaco was recalled from the minors recently and has contributed to one of the NL's most dangerous staffs. Telemaco pitched well against the Expos, giving up two runs on four hits, but was pulled beofre he could earn the win. Leiter has won three out of his last four starts, including an impressive performance against Atlanta, holding the Braves to just one run.

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