METS = "My Entire Team Sucks"
Phillies show Mets they mean business
Dobbs' grand slam helps cut NL East deficit to 3 1/2 games
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Here they go again.
Leave it to the Phillies to storm back into the National League East race when a few days earlier, the Wild Card appeared the only way for them to reach the postseason.
Philadelphia ignored what was a 6 1/2-game deficit entering the weekend and fashioned a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 10-6 win at Shea Stadium, shaving three games off New York's lead in the process.
Sunday's win was largely given to the Phillies, as the Mets committed a season-high six errors, contributing to four unearned runs and forfeiting all momentum.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning, Jose Reyes committed two errors on the same play when he first booted Jimmy Rollins' grounder, and then threw wild to second, allowing a second run to score. A Moises Alou dropped ball in the fourth led to another run.
The award for the biggest gaffe goes to Luis Castillo, whose error in the sixth changed everything.
New York had tied the game at 5 on Carlos Beltran's three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth, and Guillermo Mota walked Pat Burrell to start the sixth. A potential double-play grounder bad-hopped Castillo, and the second baseman made it worse by throwing low to Reyes at shortstop.
The miscue bit the Mets when Aaron Rowand and Jayson Werth walked, with Werth forcing in a run. Greg Dobbs then smacked a pinch-hit grand slam, putting the game out of reach.
The Phillies ran their winning streak against the Mets to eight.
The TrekMedic adds:
It seems back in March, on a warm Florida day, one Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies declared that they were the team to beat this year.
Personally, pounding on the Mutts over again is just practice for the playoffs.