Aug. 15 marks the last time a Mets fan was flagged by Beerleaguer’s spam filter. That should summarize the state of things as the Phillies and Mets engage in a four-game series in Flushing.
When the 2009 schedule was released, this was this series you circled. Figure then, a road split would be seen as a Phillies’ win. Now, with Santana pitching last night, nothing less than three-out-of-four would suffice in the minds of many against a team in complete shambles. A year ago, this was club I tracked daily. Today, I don’t know jack about squat about half the dudes we'll see this weekend. It’s obviously a huge bummer for Mets fans, whose optimism at the dawn of the Citi Field era has been completely dashed. But isn’t it amazing, too, how a disastrous Mets’ campaign has zapped the drama away from the Phillies’ schedule? Where do the gripping match-ups come from when the Mets are 14 1-2 behind and the closest competition is seen as a minor threat? As strange as it sounds, many of the truly compelling games came during interleague play, which was the worst stretch for the Phillies this entire season.