Saturday, September 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 3
By Matt Ehalt
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WHAT IT MEANS: Rookie Dillon Gee will lead the Mets in wins for the 2011 season after securing the win in the Mets' 6-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday night that completed a doubleheader sweep. Are the team-leading 13 wins a good reflection of Gee or a poor reflection of the rest of the rotation? We'll leave that for you guys to debate in the comments section below. The Mets now have a three-game winning streak and sent Philadelphia to its eighth straight loss.
BEND BUT DON'T BREAK: A few hours after R.A. Dickey carried a no-hitter into the seventh, Gee yielded a hit to the first batter. Make that 7,964 games in team history without a no-no. While Gee didn't have great stuff on this night, he showed some toughness by working in and out of jams. He gave up six hits over the first two innings, but only gave up two runs, working around a bases-loaded, no-out scenario in the first. It might not have been his prettiest effort, as he surrendered nine hits, but it still got him win No. 13. He finishes the year with a 4.43 ERA.
RIGHT TIME TO PLAY THEM: The Phillies look like a team that is ready for the postseason and doesn't care that much about the remainder of the regular season. Whether it was struggling to get a big hit, giving up six runs in relief or shoddy play in the outfield, the Phillies are not playing like the team that won 98 of its first 149 games. A lineup with only half of its starters didn't help either.
Leading 3-0 with two outs in the third, Willie Harris hit a ball to right-center that Hunter Pence should have caught, but it dropped and two runs scored. A walk, double and single followed and suddenly the Mets were up 5-3 and on their way to their sweep. We're going to go out on a limb and say the Phillies play more inspired ball once the playoffs start.
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes sat out the nightcap of the doubleheader and watched as Ryan Braun passed him for the lead in the NL batting title race by going 2-for-3 to up his average to .331. Reyes is currently at .330.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets go for the sweep of the series Sunday afternoon as Mike Pelfrey (7-12, 4.58 ERA) opposes Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay (18-6, 2.41) at 2:10 p.m.