No, this is not a vampire post. Sorry, vampire people.
This is a post to congratulate the first-place (14-9) New York Mets on beating the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park last night by a score of 9-1 (box is here). It was the first game of a 3-game series. I heard part of the game on my way home from Tennis Under the Stars in downtown Sarasota (good food, good adult beverages and great people watching, all sponsored by Media on Main, where I picked up my most recent impulse purchase, Cheerful Money, by Tad Friend) and saw the last half via MLB.tv and Roku.
Bay was only 1-for-5 and Wright was only 1-for-4 with a homer, but the rest of the team picked up the slack: Frenchy was 2-for-2 with a homer, and Rod Barajas was 3-for-4 with 2 homers, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, going 7 innings and giving up 4 hits and 1 (earned) run, along with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. It was a very satisfying win.
Today’s game should be a good one — Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69) vs. Roy Halladay(4-1, 1.80) at 4 p.m. Eastern on Fox. I’ll likely switch over to the Derby for a few minutes at 6:20-something, but this is definitely a game I don’t want to miss.
I’ve always thought that the Mets and Phillies should be rivals. They’re only 100 or so miles apart and getting to games at the other team’s park is not that difficult. Mike Vaccaro of the Post thinks so too. I think the reason they’ve never been big rivals until recently is because both teams have a history of being abysmal more often than not. According to Baseball-Reference, the Mets have an all-time winning percentage of .479 (they are 321 games under .500) and the Phillies have an all-time winning percentage of .471 (1,127 games under .500). The Phillies were the first team in the majors to lose 10,000 games (the Cubs have since joined them***). That’s a whole lot of years of a whole lot of futility. When the Mets were great, the Phillies weren’t, and vice versa. But both teams have been contenders of late, and it’s been a fun rivalry. Long may it last. The Yankees and the Red Sox have a terrific rivalry where they both push each other to get better and I’d love to see Mets/Phillies turn into something like that. Phillie fans’ behavior does rival that of Yankee fans, but I still think it would be fun to have a permanent rival, instead of one that only lasts a few years, like the rivalries the Mets had with the Cubs (1969), the Cardinals (1980s) and the Braves (1990s).
*** — My bad. The Cubs have NOT yet lost 10,000 games. Their all-time record is 10,177 wins and 9,614 losses, for a winning percentage of .514. I apologize for the mix-up.