It was a night of unfufilled comebacks in South Philly last night.
Your New York Mets lost Game 2 of 3 against their true rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, by a score of 7-10. Mike Pelfrey was once again atrocious (more on him later), going 2+ innings and being credited with a whopping six runs. Despite being down 7-0 by the end of the third, Terry Collins‘ Mets fought back, tying the score in the top of the 5th (we call them T.C. Mets, because there’s no way the Jerry Manuel Mets or the Willie Randolph Mets come back from a 7-0 deficit). Unfortunately for Mets fans, the comeback would not be fulfilled, as the 4-time NL East Champs showed the resiliency they’ve displayed since ’07, answering with three runs in the next two innings.
The New York Knicks, meanwhile, despite holding a 14-point 4th quarter lead, actually were losing by one with less than two minutes to play. However, thanks to some big shots by Toney Douglas and yes, Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were able to escape South Philly with the victory, jumping over the Sixers for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
How good that is is up to interpretation. If you’d rather the team go up against Miami’s Big Two, you have to be thrilled. But if you think STAT and Melo match up better against the suddenly-small Boston Celtics, you might have preferred the Sixers pull it out. However, with four games left to play, the Knicks potential first round playoff match-up is still a gigantic question mark.
Overall, New York leaves South Philly last night with a .500 record. Considering how things have gone recently between the two cities, this should be seen as an improvement.
The Mets play the rubber match today, pitting Jon Niese against Roy Halladay this afternoon. The Knicks have the day off, before heading to Jersey to face the dead-in-the-water Nets for the final time this year.
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