A First Half of Changing Fortunes Comes to an End

July 3, 2012 12:00 AM

A First Half of Changing Fortunes Comes to an End

" One team enters Citi Field on Tuesday night trying to decide whether to punt on their season before the trading deadline and the other comes in trying to decide whether or not to make moves to bolster their chances at making noise in the playoffs. 

" Back in March, you probably could have predicted that would be the case when the Phillies rolled into town to celebrate the July 4 with the Mets. Unless you were Terry Collins, you probably had the teams in the wrong spot, though.

It's the Mets who start the week fighting for a spot in the playoffs while the Phillies try to figure out if they should be selling everything that isn't nailed down in an attempt to make something of a season that's gone hideously wrong. There are worse ways for the Mets to celebrate kicking out the redcoated British than to put the final nails in the coffin of the redhatted Phillies.

Philly is 36-45 and 11 games out of first place, which makes the mathematics pretty clear "

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