The Phillies' 23-20 record hangs like a road sign pointing toward Highway 87-winner.
The buildup for the last Mets series crashed ashore like a wave carrying two gigantic sea barges.
This time, it’s more like two dinghies, one catching faint gusts from an unending leadoff hitter controversy, the other puttering along after a series win over the Yankees.
Neither team is playing great baseball, and as it happens in late May, the tide of excitement has waned. We don’t even have Alex Gonzalez to toss into the pond to create a ripple. And by the way, hooray for Chris Coste. The Phillies rescued him from drowning.
Sure, Beerleaguer could grease the rails and reopen the classy line of communication from last series, but this jar is fresh out of smack. Billy Wagner may have melted down the other day, but it was our closer, Tom Gordon, who blew it the last time these teams met. We won the series thanks to “The Catch,” but Mother Nature also lent a hand.
The Phillies will avoid their two best pitchers, Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine. Tomorrow’s matchup is the one to watch, featuring our rookie vs. theirs: Cole Hamels against Alay Soler.
Tonight, it’s Gavin Floyd (4-2, 5.71 ERA) doing his best to leave Randy Wolf ... excuse me ... THE METS in the dust. Steve Trachsel (2-4, 4.33 ERA) is on the hill for the homeboys.