Most New York Met fans would have been delighted if presented with the specter of a 4-3 road trip to Chicago and Los Angeles after the New York Yankees left Citifield last week.
Two wins in each city was more likely, but anytime the Mets can visit the Dodgers, their National League parents, and dominate them as thoroughly as they did in taking three of four, it's blissful. Certainly, you would have preferred a final game in which the team didn't play in the field as if they were inebriated, but let's not tread on the good fortune of the first half of the 2012 baseball season.
Now, the Mets begin a brief homestand with a series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and it would be a perfect time to finally play well consistently in Flushing. Why? At some point, the Phillies are going to mount a furious run at the playoffs, and you know they're seeking a launch for that missile. The Mets would be the perfect foil, especially since the Phillies leaked information concerning potential trades of Cole Hamels and others. If they're serious, it's patently absurd, considering all the talent on Philadelphia, and the relatively easy road to the top of the division if they were to catch fire. The Washington Nationals and the Mets are currently first and second - not exactly the Yankees and the Red Sox.
The guess is the leak was a calculated one designed to wake up a slumbering giant. Consider that the P:hillies are welcoming back Chase Utley and Ryan Howard at roughly the same time. In the not too distant future, the best pitcher in baseball, Roy Halladay, will be back from injury. And does anybody believe that Cliff Lee will continue to pitch winless baseball through the second half of the season? You get the sense the Phillies are one five-game winning streak away from taking off. The Phillies began what was projected to be a hellish month of June for the Mets by taking two of three at Citifield. Everyone thought that was the beginning of said streak. It wasn't.
They take another shot at Citifield this week - and the start of a streak that carries them out of the cellar.
Glenn Vallach has been a New York Mets fan since foolishly abandoning the mighty Yankees in his youth after Mickey Mantle retired. Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, he sits quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born...waiting and hoping...waiting and hoping.
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