As a lifelong Phillies fan, I must make the following comparison. The Mets increased their salary from 2006 to 2007 by $17 million to $117,915,819. They could do this mainly because they own their own TV rights. The Phillies on the other hand increased their payroll by $1 million to $89,368,314, a difference of almost $30 million. And to think the Mets are only 5 games ahead of the Phillies.It intrigued me enough that I'd like to invite readers to share their thoughts about why the fighting Phils, a team with a much lower payroll than the Mets, are so close to the Mets in the standings at this point of the season.
How would you explain it?