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Phillies And Mets Tied In East Head Into Season Finale


Although two divisions in the National League the N.L East and the Wild Card spot have still not been settled as the MLB regular season concludes on Sunday. The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the Central and West Divisions respectively with wins on Friday night. San Diego has clinched at least a share of the Wild Card spot but failed to lock it up Saturday as they lost Milwaukee Saturday 4-3.


However the most intriguing situation in all of baseball is in the National League East where after 161 games the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets have identical records of 88-63. Philadelphia, after trailing New York all season long caught up to the Mets Thursday night and then actually surpassed them Friday night as they defeated the Washington Nationals, while the Mets lost to the Florida Marlins. Well on Saturday cries of "Remember the Maine" were shouted in Queens probably for the first time since the Spanish American War in 1898. But this Maine wasn't a battleship, or maybe he was as New York starter John Maine led the battle against the Florida Marlins on Saturday by a 13-0 margin. Maine allowed one hit and that was with 2 out in the eighth breaking up his bid for the Mets first No Hit Game in franchise history. Maine also struck out 14 as his record grew to 15-10.


Meanwhile in the City of Brotherly Love the Phillies could not handle prosperity as they lost to the Nationals 4-2. Matt Chico the Nationals starter had the Phillies on their heels all game long. Philadelphia did not score until they put up single runs in the bottom of the seventh and the eighth while Washington had already scored all four of their runs.

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