Another suggestion from the MetsToday email bag — this one comes from loyal MetsToday visitor and commenter “James”:
I had a great idea for a survey for Mets Today- do you think the Mets or the Phillies will have a better record at the end of the year? I know which one I would pick now that Halladay, Howard and Utley are back.
Oh boy … and here I thought I was the pessimistic one always looking to stir the pot. Maybe it’s part of being a Mets fan?
This is a tough one, as it depends very much on whether Ruben Amaro chooses to be a seller in the next ten days. If he holds on to Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, and other performing parts, then I think there’s a real possibility that the Phillies make a run out of the cellar in the second half. Such a surge could coincide with a regression by the Mets.
The Mets’ current record is 47-45, while the Phillies’ is 41-52. The Phillies have 7 more losses, but the Mets have one more game left in the season. Hmm … I’ll leave it up to you — vote below and then argue your choice in the comments.
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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.