A Phew Notes

So the Mets finished their season series against the Philadelphia Phillies with 6 wins and 12 losses. To put this into perspective:

– The Mets are currently 83-65
– The Phillies are currently 80-69

– Against everyone but the Phillies, the Mets are 77-57
– Against everyone but the Mets, the Phillies are 68-63

Strange, isn’t it? When these two teams play everyone else, the Mets are dominant, while the Phillies are barely better than a .500 team. Yet head-to-head, there’s little question that the Phillies are superior. Say all you want about the Phillies’ hot streaks, their bad pitching, etc., the facts don’t lie, and the Phillies have a .667 winning percentage over 18 games vs. the Mets.

So now we as Mets fans may need to worry about the Phillies grabbing the Wild Card, since it appears that Philadelphia has replaced Atlanta as the Mets’ kryptonite. Or perhaps it’s nothing to worry about at all.

Fans going back to the 1980s no doubt remember the Mets’ absolute dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. The Mets, who went 100-60 and finished 15 games ahead in the NL East, also beat the Dodgers ten times in eleven tries during the regular season. However, the Mets were stunned in a dramatic seven-game series by the Dodgers, who went on to beat the Athletics in five to become World Champs.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.