The Phillies have won 4 in a row, 8 of their last 10, and are only 2 games behind the 1st place Braves. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are currently 8 games out of 1st.
As stated earlier, if the Mets have any chance to play "meaningful games" in September, they need to win and possibly sweep the series this weekend. That all starts tonight, as they face league-average pitcher Joe Blanton. Since the Mets face Hamels and Doctor Roy the next two games, this is another must win game, of which the Mets never win.
Anyway, here is the line-up for the Mets:
J Reyes SS
A Pagan LF
C Beltran CF
D Wright 3B
I Davis 1B
J Thole C
J Francoeur RF (He still can't hit righties, or practically anyone for that matter)
L Castillo 2B
J Niese P
My Prediction: Blanton is almost guaranteed to allow three + runs, so Niese needs to go 7 innings allowing 1 or 2 runs. I believe in him, and Mets win the first game of the series.
LET'S GO METS!