Phillies-Mets rivalry building in intensity
NEW YORK -- There's no need to hype this series, not now, not anymore. The Mets-Phillies rivalry is under warranty for 2008 and beyond. It has all the trimmings of an old-school turf war, including history (last September), trash talk (see: Jimmy Rollins) and geography (these guys aren't just in each other's faces, they're practically in their backyards).The three-game series, which begins this afternoon, is irresistible from every vantage point. The Mets are looking to repair the damage from their 11th-hour collapse in 2007, which handed the division to the Phillies despite a seven-game lead with 17 to go. The Phillies predicted it all along, or at least Rollins did, and he's just as confident in 2008, too. The National League's reigning MVP says the Mets can talk all they want about redemption in the Johan Santana era, but they're still not going to catch the Phillies. "Last year, when I said we'd beat the Mets, I meant it. There was no doubt we were one of the elite teams," Rollins said by telephone the other day. "This year we have a chance to win 100 games, that's the type of team we have. Once our bullpen gets situated, we're going to win 100 games." Such talk drives the Mets crazy; they still believe they had the better team in 2007, despite losing their last eight in a row to the Phillies. In fact, some Mets refuse to concede the Phillies actually won the East, contending instead that it was the Mets' own ineptitude that handed Philadelphia the division.
Phillies vs. Mets
|Tuesday||1:10 p.m.||Jamie Moyer vs.
|Wednesday||7:10 p.m. (ESPN2)||Kyle Kendrick vs.
|Thursday||7:10 p.m.||Adam Eaton vs.
I enjoy when you pull up to the park at 2 o'clock and there's tailgating going on. It kind of breaks up the monotony of the season when you know when you go to the park there's going to be some people from Philadelphia there stirring it up.
--Mets 3B David Wright