With the Mets all set to kick off the second half of the season, they got some bad news yesterday on first baseman Ike Davis who is now facing the possibility of season ending surgery.
They must also figure out a way to keep fighting the good fight without a bona fide closer, after Francisco Rodriguez was slashed so the Wilpons could pocket about $20 million dollars which will most likely never be re-invested.
The Mets will now implement the dreaded closer by committee to replace K-Rod, while Ryota Igarashi, he of the 6.43 career ERA, will move into K-Rods old locker.
So after a much-needed 4 day break, the Mets start the second half of the season at Cit Field where they will host their arch nemesis – the Philadelphia Phillies.
They find themselves 7 1/2 games back in the wild card race, and must now do battle with a weakened bullpen and the prospect that Ike Davis will not be back again this season.
And now the good news…
The Mets may have just gotten the best break they’ve had in quite some time when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced on Thursday, that neither Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee will pitch in the weekend series against the Mets.
Phillies vs. Mets Probable Starters
Friday – Vance Worley (4-1 2.20) vs. R.A. Dickey (4-7 3.61)
Saturday – Cole Hamels (11-4 2.32) vs. Jon Niese (8-7 3.88)
Sunday – Kyle Kendrick (4-4 3.58) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-8 4.55)
Series Prediction: METS SWEEP!