Phillies @ Mets Series Preview

Will the Shea Stadium faithful be cheering on another Mets meaningless baseball game or will they be at home getting updated on the labor negotiations. August 30th has come, and the deadline is looming as the Phils' come to town.

Philadelphia (66-66) @ Mets (61-70)


Pitching Probables

Fri. 30 @ 7:10 -- Phi - V. Padilla (13-8, 3.17) NYM - P. Astacio (11-7, 3.77)
Sat. 31 @ 1:15 -- Phi - B. Myers (2-3, 3.18) NYM - S. Trachsel (8-9, 3.60)
Sun. 1 @ 1:15 -- Phi - J. Roa (3-1, 3.40) NYM - A. Leiter (11-10, 3.36)

Philadelphia, a .500 team, comes into Flushing to take on the Mets, who have miraculously won or tied each of their last two series. Simply remarkable.

The Phillies are on a roll, having won seven of their last eight including a unlikely sweep at Busch Stadium last weekend. In the Montreal finale Thursday night, they were able to edge the Expos and Bartolo Colon 2-1.

In the series opener the Phillies will send out Vincente Padilla who is having an excellent year. The all-star pitcher is coming off an eight inning gem performance at Busch for a win.

Pedro Astacio goes for the Mets, and he is struggling mightily. In his return to Colorado last Friday, he gave up six earned runs in route to a loss.

On Saturday afternoon, highly touted minor league pitcher Brett Myers goes for the Phils' and opposes veteran right-hander Trachsel. Steve went six innings in his last start giving up no earned runs, the outcome being a no decision.

In the series finale, Joe Roa goes for Philadelphia after a very extraordinary minor league start in which he went 14-0 with a stellar 1.86 ERA. Now he has earned a rotation spot and starts at Shea.

Left handed bull-dog Al Leiter is on the hill for the Metropolitans. He is coming of an impressive seven inning performance in which he got the win while allowing only two earned runs. He did this at the hitter friendly Coors Field.

Have the Mets played their last game of the season and have I just wasted my time writing a useless preview or will baseball go on? Let common sense prevail.

Injuries


Phillies
Turk Wendell - 60 Day DL as of 3/27
Robert Person - 15 Day DL/Possibly Season as of 7/23
Dave Hollins - 60 Day DL as of 4/13
Ricky Bottalico - 15 Day DL as of 6/24

Mets Grant Roberts - 15 Day DL as of 7/13
John Franco - Season - as of 3/20
Kane Davis - Season - as of 5/14

Last Trade Between Philadelphia-Mets


July 27, 2001.... The New York Mets traded Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bruce Chen and Adam Walker.

Mets On This Date Last Year


August 30 - Win vs. Phillies 6-2, 63-71, 9.5GB Of Atlanta
August 31 - Win vs. Phillies 6-1, 64-71, 8.5GB Of Atlanta
September 1 - Win vs. Marlins 3-2, 65-71, 7.5GB Of Atlanta

The Former Phil's


Well, there are none. No current Met player has ever played for the Phillies.

Previous Meetings In 2002


May
Tue. 21 @ Philadelphia: Mets lose 4-0
Wed. 22 @ Philadelphia: Mets lose 5-2
Thu. 23 @ Philadelphia: Mets win 1-0
Tue. 28 @ New York: Mets lose 5-3
Wed. 29 @ New York: Mets win 4-3

July
Mon. 1 @ Florida: Mets lose 6-3
Tue. 2 @ Florida: Mets win 12-6
Wed. 3 @ Florida: Mets lose 8-7
Thu. 11 @ New York: Mets win 9-1
Fri. 12 @ New York: Mets lose 9-8
Sat. 13 @ New York: Mets lose 7-6
Sun. 14 @ New York: Mets win 4-2

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.



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