Sunday, September 28, 2008
Mets Collapse to Say Goodbye to Shea
The New York Mets have just eliminated themselves from playoff contention, in the last game at Shea Stadium no less! The Milwaukee Brewers will be the NL Wild Card team, not the Mets. The Phils will take on the Brewers in the first round of the playoffs.
The Mets have again failed to make the postseason. Boy, would I hate to be a Mets' fan right now! All signs pointed to the Mets making the playoffs somehow, but that was not to be. Their bullpen was their demise yet again, giving up two key Marlin homers. The Marlins won 4-2.
So the Phillies will be taking on the Brew Crew. I would rather have them take on the Dodgers, but the Brewers aren't that much better. One advantage the Phillies will have is Cole Hamels. Hamels will be able to start game one, while the Brewers ace (C.C. Sabathia) will not be able to pitch game one. No way he would pitch on two games rest.
The Phillies and Brewers both have powerful lineups. I think the Phillies may have a slight edge in this category. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are great hitters but they are streaky. Ryan Howard is streaking too. But to the Phillies delight, he is on a extremely hot streak. Don't forget about Chase Utley, J-Roll, and the surprising Jayson Werth.