The Mets are a completely retooled lineup coming into this season and expect to compete for the division crown. Mets general Manager Omar Minaya was able to land top notch free agents Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez over the offseason, filling team needs entering 2005. Whenever the Phillies play the Mets, an exciting series is definitly on the horizon.
Randy Wolf will look to rebound from his rough outing against Florida when he makes his third start of the season Monday night. Opposing Wolf for the Mets is one of three pitchers added to the team in the offseason, Kazuhisa Ishii. Like Wolf, Ishii is still in search of his first win of the 2005 campaign.
The first game may turn out to be a pitchers duel as both southpaws look to shut down the opponents lineup.
To conclude the two game set, the Phillies will trot innings eater, Corey Lidle out to the mound opposing another relatively new Mets pitcher, Victor Zambrano. Zambrano is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career, when he went 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA and 109 strikeouts. Lidle is off to a quality start to this season, yet he is still searching for his first win. Against a lineup as streaky as the Mets, it is very likely that he will put the first victory notch into his belt on Tuesday night.
This two game series will be interesting, as all series' turn out to be when these teams face off. The play of the Phillies bullpen could be crucial in this set, especially if the Mets bats (in the form of Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, and Beltran to name a few) heat up against the middle of the Phillies rotation.
If the Phillies offense can get a jump on either of the Mets starters, than both Wolf and Lidle will be capable to go deep into their outings and the club will tally two victories. If not, well then at least the Colorado Rockies come into town next.
Prediction: The Phillies will start the week off strong and sweep their rivals to the North two games to none to start the week.