Phillies Hope Mets Slump Continues

The Mets avoided a series sweep against Florida by salvaging the last game of the series, which snapped an 11 game losing skid for the New Yorkers. The Phillies hope that the Mets don't suddenly get hot and come to life this weekend while they're in New York for a three-game series. After all, the Phils are feeling pretty good after taking three out of four in Atlanta.

Philadelphia Phillies (71-69) @ New York Mets (61-78)

Pitching Probables
Friday, September 10, 2004 – 7:10PM EST
NYM. – S. Trachsel (10-13, 4.13 ERA) vs. PHI. – B. Myers (8-9, 5.28 ERA)
Saturday, September 11, 2004 – 1:10PM EST
NYM. – A. Leiter (9-6, 3.05 ERA) vs. PHI. – E. Milton (13-4, 4.69 ERA)
Sunday, September 12, 2004 – 1:10PM EST
NYM. – T. Glavine (9-12, 3.31 ERA) vs. PHI. – TBD

The Phillies magic number is 0. They are not going to make the playoffs this year although I still hold out a slight hope that they will. I am still rooting for them to win the rest of the year but for them to win the division or the National League Wild Card is nearly impossible. They would have to overcome a double-digit game lead by the Braves or get past around four or five teams who are ahead of them in the Wild Card.

The last time the Phillies played the Mets the Phillies swept the series. Gavin Floyd made his first start in which he went seven innings. His second start against the Braves did not go as far. Floyd will not be facing the Mets in this series though. Brett Myers will go the first night, Eric Milton in the second game, and a starter has not been announced for the third game, although Kevin Millwood is hoping to be activated in time to get Sunday's start. Steve Trachsel, Al Leiter and Tom Glavine will take the mound for the Metros.

In Brett Myers last three appearances he is 1-0 with a 3.79 ERA. He has done very well in his last three starts and he hopes to continue his success against New York Friday night. Steve Trachsel's results in his last three starts have been the exact opposite of Myers'. Trachsel has compiled an 0-3 record with a huge 6.98 ERA.

Jim Thome hit his 40th homerun of the season this past week. It is his fourth consecutive season with 40 homeruns and two of those 40 homerun seasons have come with the Phillies. His first with the Phillies was last year when he hit 47.

On another note, Ryan Howard got his first start at first base on Wednesday night in the second game of a double-header against the Atlanta Braves. Howard went 2-5 in his first full major league game with a double and two strikeouts. From Howard's early at-bats we can tell that strikeouts will be a problem for him. Who does Howard remind me of? Jim Thome.

Chase Utley is going to be a star in the upcoming years, starting next year when he gets his first shot at being a full-time starter. In the second game against the Mets, Chase had a ball bounce in front of him on a stolen base from Todd Pratt. The ball bounced up and hit him in the finger. When the camera showed his finger he was gushing blood and he continued to play after getting some help from trainer Jeff Cooper. What a tough guy, what a player. I love this kid. The finger was bothering Utley Thursday and he was unavailable for the final game against Atlanta. He is listed as day-to-day for the series in New York.

Injuries
New York Mets
Mike Piazza; C/1B – DTD; left knee
Kris Benson; P – DTD; muscle strain in shoulder blade
Richard Hidalgo; RF – DTD; sore groin
Scott Strickland; P – 60-Day; Tommy John surgery
Victor Zambrano; P – 15-Day; flexor muscle strain
Jose Reyes; 2B – 15-Day; stress fracture in left fibula
Matt Ginter; P – DTD; sprained right ankle
Bartolome Fortunato; P – DTD; tendonitis in right shoulder

Philadelphia Phillies
Kevin Millwood; P – 15-Day; sprained ligament / strained tendon
Randy Wolf; P – 15 Day; Elbow tendinitis

2004 Meetings
May
25; Phillies lose 5-0
26; Phillies win 7-4

June
1; Phillies lose 4-1
2; Phillies lose 5-3

July
5; Phillies win 6-5
6; Phillies lose 4-1
7; Phillies lose 10-1
8; Phillies win 5-4

15; Phillies lose 3-2
16; Phillies win 5-1
17; Phillies win 8-2
18; Phillies lose 6-2

September
3; Phillies win 8-1
4; Phillies win 7-0
5; Phillies win 4-2

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