World Series Rematch! (Or Not)
Growing up a Green Bay Packers fan, I remember the Packers playing the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game in the summer following their loss to Denver in the Super Bowl. I read headlines touting it as a Super Bowl rematch, like beating the Broncos in a meaningless exhibition game would erase the Super Bowl loss.
I feel the same way about this week’s Phillies-Yankees series.
This is the first time the Phillies have played the Yankees since the World Series. It is not a World Series rematch. You only have a World Series rematch if you’re playing, you know, in the World Series.
But it is an important series. The Phillies need to get straightened out, and quickly. The Phillies have 12 more games against the American League before they return to National League play. They play three this week in New York before returning home to play three against the Twins, three against the Indians and three against the Blue Jays. That is a tough schedule, considering how the Phillies are playing and how poorly they play historically against the American League.
Here’s a look at the other interleague schedules for the other NL East teams (teams with losing records in bold):
Braves: vs. Rays, vs. Royals, at White Sox, vs. Tigers.
Mets: at Indians, at Yankees, vs. Tigers, vs. Twins.
Marlins: vs. Rangers, vs. Rays, at Orioles.
Nationals: at Tigers, vs. White Sox, vs. Royals, @ Orioles.
The Braves, Marlins and Mets are three of the five NL teams to have winning records in interleague play. If that holds true and the Phillies continue to struggle, they could find themselves in a deep hole by the time interleague is over. Time to get going.