Growing up in the 1990’s it’s amazing to think that the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the New York Mets would take shape into a rivalry. Remember the days when the Phillies had some no name manager named Terry Francona?
They were an afterthought to Mets fans. They had very little fan support in a hideous stadium and their big name players, Scott Rolen and Curt Schilling, loved the city so much that they left town.
From 1994-2000 the Phillies didn’t have a winning season. I remember looking at them on the calendar as any other game, almost comparing them to the Montreal Expos, dare I say. It was the Atlanta Braves that we all worried about.
Even throughout Mets history, the Phillies and Mets never really had a rivalry even though the teams’ ballparks were only 91 miles apart. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Howard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 3-year/$54 million contract. Howard had been seeking $18 million in arbitration and the Phillies were offering $14 million.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to see Ryan Howard go against the Mets 19 times per season for the next three years. I wouldn’t call him a Met killer like Pat Burrell was, but he does have numbers that are pretty much on-par for his career against the Mets.
Howard’s career numbers against the Mets are: 243 AB/ .272 AVG/.367 OBP/ .572 SLG/ 21 HR/ 50 RBI.
This is a fair deal for both the Phillies and Howard. He’s certainly one of the elite power hitters in baseball. Looking over his statistics, he’s really solid offensively in all of the splits. The most notable stat is that he really destroys right-handed pitching compared to left, hitting .304 AVG versus .231 AVG right-handed.