Well obviously it’s not a must-win, it’s May 9th and the 31st game of the season!
Still, there’s a certain symbolic worth to winning this game. It’d be a sweep of the defending division champions. It’d be beating their second ace pitcher. It’d be answering a losing streak with a bigger winning streak.
And it’d put the Mets five games above .500, which is somewhere they haven’t been all season, nor all of last season. They haven’t been five games over .500 since July 19th of 2010. This was just after the All-Star Break when they rushed Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo back and got steamrolled by the soon-to-be World Champion San Francisco Giants at the beginning of their run.
The Mets should have a fair shot at this. Dillon Gee hasn’t quite gotten the results he’d have liked, but he’s getting a lot more swinging strikes than previous years and walking fewer. This should be a good recipe for retiring the weak-hitting Philadelphia Phillies. They have Cliff Lee going, but he’s going to be limited returning from injury and the Mets have been beating on the Phillies pen the last two games.
So it’s not a must-win game, but it’s still a game you’d really like to see the Mets get.