June 05, 2007

They Were Wrong

Randy Miller at Philly Burbs, writes about the Phillies and them admitting the truth:

The Phillies now admit Jimmy Rollins was wrong. Just like in 2006, the reigning NL East champion New York Mets still are the team to beat.

“Yep,” third baseman Wes Helms said. “They're ahead of us. We haven't played to expectations, and they have. The Mets are the team to beat in the division.”

The Phillies, after being spanked, 8-1, on Monday by San Francisco, are 28-29, third in the division and eight games back, while the first-place Mets are sailing along with a 35-20 record.This week, the Phils will get a chance to make up ground with a big three-game series at Shea Stadium set to begin tonight.

“When you're up by that much, you definitely have to call them the team to beat,” infielder Abraham Nunez said. “If we're going have a shot [at catching the Mets], it's going to be by beating them. If this is our shot, we gotta capitalize.

“I don't think they intimidate us by any means. We gotta go out there and take it to them.”

“I didn't think their pitching was going to hold up, but I guess they're proving everybody wrong,” Nunez said.

“It's surprising, but they're doing it,” Helms added.

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