Mets' outlook hinges on Phillies series

A bad showing in Philly may erase goodwill generated by New York's winning streak

Updated: April 27, 2011, 3:11 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- They lose seven straight games and, suddenly, the 50th edition of the New York Mets is as feeble as its historically bad 1962 counterpart. They win five straight and watch out Philadelphia. (Well, not quite, but allow some hyperbole.)

Last year, three members of the team did not attend the Mets' annual visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, along with just-promoted Dillon Gee. This year, relievers Taylor Buchholz and Francisco Rodriguez did not attend, making the ...

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