3 Up & 3 Down: Failure In Philly Is Not An Option Edition
The New York Mets won their second consecutive road series against an Eastern Division rival, after rocking the Phillies 8-0 on Sunday. There are so many encouraging things to take away from this series, that we’re going to get right to the 3 & 3.
- Amazin’ Matt: Ho hum, Matt Harvey pitched the rubber game of the series on Sunday and only went six scoreless innings, before the rain washed him out of the game. Through 16 starts, Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts, a 0.882 WHIP, 4 homers allowed and a .188 opponent batting average.
- The Captain’s On Fire: David Wright is on another hot streak right now, and tied a franchise record with four extra-base hits on Sunday including two doubles, a home run and a triple. I liked the triple, which happened right after the rain delay, with the ball hitting off one of the supports in the outfield. We also have to mention Wright’s outstanding baserunning in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, hustling and scoring all the way from first on a Daniel Murphy single. There is nothing like watching David when he is on hot streak.
- It’s a Team Sport: The entire team really contributed to this series win. The bullpen stepped it up big-time after Jon Niese left the game on Friday. The pen stepped up again on Saturday. The offense was spot on Saturday & Sunday, and we saw some spectacular defense as well. Thats the way it’s supposed to be. Contributions from everyone…
- Why the Celebration: Maybe I’m just a mean old man, but why exactly were the Phillies celebrating like a bunch of little leaguers after Saturday’s game? Yeah, they got a walk off win, but let’s not ignore they blew a 7-1 lead, and their closer had yet another blown save. These postgame home plate celebrations are just plain stupid, but I think the Phil’s took it to a whole new level Saturday night.
- Niese & Duda to the DL: Jon Niese was diagnosed with a partial tear of the rotator cuff, while Lucas Duda was felled by an intercostal strain.It looks like both of them could be out a while, and in the case of Niese – a long while.
- Gee Hits A Bump: Righthander Dillon Gee had been on an excellent four game roll, but he came back to earth on Saturday, going only five innings and giving up five runs. Gee has always had problems pitching at CBP. Hopefully, he bounces back his next time out.
It was a big series win for the Mets and so far on this road trip, they’ve won 3 of 5 in Atlanta and now 2 of 3 from the Phils. Now it’s off to the Windy City for two with the White Sox, and then it’s on to Denver for a makeup game. As always, Let’s Go Mets!
About the Author: Gregg Hopps
Gregg lives on Long Island, and has been a Mets fan since Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose slugged it out in the 1973 playoffs. "Keith Hernandez is the best defensive first baseman to ever have played baseball."
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