Both the Phillies and Mets played some tough NL East competition this past weekend, but the Phillies had the better performance. The Braves swept the Mets and widened their lead on the Phillies by one game. The Phillies were busy hosting the Montreal Expos, and defeated them in three out of four games. Brett Myers pitched excellently on Sunday in front of a crowd of over 39,000 fans. Pat Burrell seems to be coming out of his slump and has won back the appreciation of the fans. While the Phillies did fall to 9 ½ games behind Atlanta, they opened up a two game edge over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Wild Card Race.
The Phillies will embark on a crazy road trip following this short series. After playing the Mets, Philadelphia will travel to Chicago to play the Cubs for two, and the finish the weekend against Florida, before winding up in Cincinnati for a make-up game against the Reds Monday.
The Mets come into town falling fast. It seems that they have let their season escape their grips after not only being swept by the Braves in Atlanta over the weekend, but blowing an eight run lead in Sunday's loss. If you thought you knew the Mets roster, think again. A lot has changed for the Mets, who are reshaping their team quickly with high profile trades. Shortstop Jose Reyes looks to be the real thing and Jason Phillips has opened some eyes at first base. The Phillies will get a look at one of the Mets pitching prospects when they face Aaron Heilman (0-2, 7.17) Monday night. Heilman will be opposed by Brandon Duckworth (3-3, 4.76).
The Phillies will also welcome back pitcher Mike Williams who they acquired from Pittsburgh Sunday for minor league pitcher Frank Brooks.