Games 8 & 9
Phils 5, Mess 2
Mess 8, Phils 2
Record: 4 up, 5 down
And now, my yang to Whit's ying (or the ying to the yang.)
First, can we please dispose of the notion that the Phillies' surreal and tantilizing 9 game winning streak vs. their "archrivals" to the North was a product of the Mets' "handing" the games to Philly? Likewise, Philly didn't hand the game to the NYM last night despite the 4 errors. We must agree that good teams don't kick 4 balls around the dirt and expect to win very often. In fact, teams that commit multiple errors a game are not to be considered very good at all, at least on that night. Games are won and lost almost as frequently when one team avoids errors/makes plays as when a team exposes 3rd starters, weak middle relief or a slow footed left fielder.
Winning is about making the plays. Making errors is the other side of the same coin. If Eric Bruntlet-piglet-wiggleitjustalittlebit makes errors because he is a weak substitute for Jimmy Rollins, well then the Mets were a better team last night. (By the way - Hey Jimmy, your guarantees stand a better chance of coming to fruition when you are in the lineup so heal fast - without HGH!)
Other than this, I have not much to say. The 162 game schedule ensures that the better team rises, blah, blah blah....
Now Whitney, please go slap Billy Wagner.