Breaking Down Mets Sweep of Phillies

The Mets made a statement in Philadelphia over the past three days — we will not go down quietly, if we go down at all.

Jordany Valdespin celebrates home run to beat Phillies.
Jordany Valdespin celebrates home run to beat Phillies.

There is so much to be said about the Mets first sweep in Philly in six years:

— Even though they did not suffer the loses, the Mets won in games started by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. These guys are virtually unbeatable, and the Mets beat them. They also beat Jonathan Papelbon, the supposedly unhittable closer, with Jordany Valdespin’s dramatic three-run home run on Monday.

— The Mets were behind in each of the three games and they came back to win. It would have been easy for the Mets to hang their heads and take the defeats, and perhaps previous Mets teams would have done that, but not this group. Much of that credit has to go to Terry Collins for convincing these players that they can win.

— The Mets bullpen, which has been so bad over the past couple of weeks, posted a 1.64 ERA in the series. The Phillies bullpen ERA? — a stunning 14.73.

— Andres Torres continues to shine — he was four-for-nine in the final two games with a home run and a triple. He has eight RBIs in his nine games back.

— Ike Davis could be emerging from his season-long slump. He had a double and a monstrous three-run homer in Wednesday’s game.

— David Wright, who did not have an RBI in six games leading up to the series had four RBIs in the three games.

— Overall the Mets got clutch and timely hitting from virtually everyone in the lineup.

This was a great, great series. It leaves the Mets just a half-game out of first place, while the Phillies are buried in last place. Whether this can continue for the entire season is the big question. But let’s not look down the road — let’s just enjoy the moment.

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