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Friday Afternoon Mets Newsstand

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Alex Nelson takes a look at the "pitchers" the Mets will oppose in this weekend's grudge match with the Phillies. At some site called MetsGeek.

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Michael Salfino and Ted Berg take a look at the Mets' and Yankees' potential starting rotations come playoff time at SNY.tv. The consensus seems to be that Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez are locks; Oliver Perez is a better bet for the starting rotation than is John Maine, though ironically it's because of Perez's shortcoming -- an inability to throw strikes consistently -- that makes him a better candidate to start. Perez has walked 53 batters in 97 innings since the beginning of June.

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At FOXSports.com, Dayn Perry looks at this season's crop of postseason probables and ranks them according to closer proficiency, defensive efficiency and pitching staff power. The Mets stack up very well, though as expected the Red Sox are the cream of the crop.

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Nice article in Newsday about Shawn Green and how he deals with being a Jewish baseball player, and trying to reconcile his own beliefs (he is decidedly non-conservative) and the expectations placed on him by the Jewish community.