Cole Hamels will start the opener of the Phillies' three-game series with the Mets. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
It seems like we've been saying the same thing for several series now. The Phillies just can't seem to find their way out of last place. The problem: everybody in the division is playing teams from other divisions. Now that the Phillies can consistently meet some divisional foes, this will prove what this team is really made of this season.
Their first test comes against the New York Mets, a team that swept the Phillies when they were at their worst this season just a few weeks ago.
They come in with the National League's best hitter in David Wright, and a couple of real offensive weapons in Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda. Out for the series with injuries are Jason Bay, Ruben Tejeda and Josh Thole all on the DL.
Still, the Mets have formidable backups taking their place like Mike Nickeas, Scott Hairston and Justin Turner.
Here are the pitching matchups for...