Mets-Phillies Game Thread 5/7/12

From one sizzling rivalry to one simmering rivalry. The Phillies return home to welcome the 15-13 New York Mets, a once-bitter rival. Since 2007, when the Phillies overcame the Mets’ seven-game division lead with 17 games left to play in the regular season — proving Jimmy Rollins‘ pre-season “team to beat” comment correct — the two teams had been at war. However, after the 2009 season when the Phillies had followed up their World Series championship with another Fall Classic appearance and the Mets followed up an 89-win ’08 season with a 70-92 finish, the rivalry lost its luster. The Mets’ financial issues made it hard even for Phillies fans to kick a team while it was down.

This year, though, the Mets finally match up well with the Phillies for the first time since ’07. David Wright is back as baseball’s premier third baseman, Johan Santana has overcome a significant shoulder injury, and an infusion of youth (Ruben Tejada, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda) has the Mets over .500, in third place in the NL East. Roy Halladay (3.59 xFIP) will open the series tonight, opposing Jonathan Niese (3.45).

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  1. Dustin

    May 07, 2012 08:40 PM

    Cole Hamels announced he would throw at Josh Thole the next time he faces him for not getting up fast enough.

  2. jackieinertia

    May 07, 2012 08:41 PM

    agree with chong, i’ve been catching so much shit at work because those assholes at the sixers game cheered when noah got hurt (i’m in chicago), throwing the werth deal on top of that was super annoying. thanks for not cheering the injury and cheering the getting up instead, guys.

  3. AGH

    May 07, 2012 08:43 PM

    I just want to make sure–Cholly took the bunt off with Victorino and Pence coming up, but had Polly sacrifice for Galvis (who he did not pinch hit for). This team does not have the margin for error that Cholly’s bungling style requires…

  4. Allen

    May 07, 2012 08:46 PM

    What do the Phillies and 7-11 have in common?

    They never close.

  5. Ryan

    May 07, 2012 08:49 PM

    YES!!! Paps being used in a high leverage situation!

  6. Me

    May 07, 2012 08:50 PM

    manuel just relied on his two worst hitters in the 8th inning of a tie game. I don’t know who’s worse, him or amaro. get sandberg up here already, I can’t take it anymore

  7. Allen

    May 07, 2012 08:55 PM

    I never noticed before how Papelbon jumps after each pitch. Kinda funny.

  8. sixerfan1220

    May 07, 2012 08:58 PM

    @allen
    go look up video of jordan walden pitching, both his feet leave the ground

  9. jackieinertia

    May 07, 2012 09:01 PM

    this is why you don’t use your closer in a tie game guys! #closermentality

  10. Dustin

    May 07, 2012 09:01 PM

    Cholly is never going to use Paps in a non-save situation again if he blows this.

  11. Allen

    May 07, 2012 09:03 PM

    @Dustin

    I used to not believe in jinxes… but now…

  12. AGH

    May 07, 2012 09:07 PM

    I would trade rosters with the Mets right now. As long as Manuel was part of the swap.

  13. jackieinertia

    May 07, 2012 09:10 PM

    i hate baseball so much right now. good thing i’m going to tomorrow night’s sixers game if for no other reason that i can’t watch the phillies game.

  14. Allen

    May 07, 2012 09:11 PM

    I should archive this game if I ever need to induce vomiting.

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