Mets manager Jerry Manuel is 0-for-2 this weekend. His team lost 3-0 to the Phillies on Friday night, and his prediction that Saturday's game would be played as scheduled turned out to be way off the mark. With Tropical Storm Hanna on the way, the Mets called the game 4 1/2 hours before gametime, and they'll now play a Sunday day-night doubleheader.
So are Manuel and the Mets in trouble? Not if Johan Santana is the dominating September pitcher he can be.
As Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said after Friday's game, the Phillies can only put the 2007 collapse into the Mets minds with a three-game sweep this weekend. Otherwise, the Mets exit the weekend with a minimum two-game lead, and with no head-to-head meetings remaining.
That's where Santana comes in, because he faces Cole Hamels in the final game of the series on Sunday night.
Santana wasn't great in September 2007, but the Twins weren't really in the division race then. But check out what he did in the three Septembers before that:
2006: 3-1, 1.78
2005: 3-1, 1.67
2004: 5-0, 0.45
The Mets have won Santana's last six starts, but the next one is the biggest.