R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid one out into the seventh inning when Shane Victorino doubled. The Mets nonetheless won the opener, 2-1. It was Dickey's final start of the 2011 season. Because of Friday's rainout pushing Dickey's start back a day, Miguel Batista now is scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Mets then produced five unearned runs in the third inning of Game 2 thanks to Hunter Pence's drop of Willie Harris' deep fly ball en route to a 6-3 victory and sweep of the doubleheader, which upped Philadelphia's losing streak to eight games. The Phillies have the longest skid since clinching a postseason spot since the advent of the World Series. Overall, it's their longest losing streak in 11 years.
Manny Acosta recorded both saves, the first Mets pitcher to notch two on the same day since Armando Benitez on Aug. 15, 2000 against Colorado.
Sunday's news reports:
• Darryl Strawberry says Jose Reyes should stay with the Mets. Of course, Strawberry is not in position -- nor is anyone else -- to know how close the Mets' offer will be to the top bid. "You don't know that when you're young but when you look back over it you realize, 'God, that was so stupid, I was so young, what was I thinking about leaving New York City to go to L.A. or anywhere?'" Strawberry said. "(New York) is the greatest place to play, the greatest fans. Are the expectations high? Is the media tough? Yeah, it's part of it. You just have to learn to live with that." Read Strawberry's thoughts on topics such as the Citi Field dimensions here. Read more on Strawberry's remarks about Reyes in the Record, Post, Daily News and Newsday.
• Reyes went 1-for-3 with a walk and steal in the opener, then sat the nightcap. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun leads the NL batting race at .331, followed by Reyes at .330 and Matt Kemp at .325.
• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff says the Tampa Bay Rays would have been big suitors for Reyes before the trading deadline should the Mets have opted to deal the shortstop. Writes Davidoff:
The Rays, armed with one of the best farm systems in baseball, were prepared to give up significant prospects to rent Reyes and then recoup draft picks upon his departure this coming winter. You wonder how that would've played out for both sides. Sure, the Mets would've faced a mutiny by their fans with a June trade, but we know now that Reyes' sticking through the season hasn't quite filled Citi Field in September. And their future would look brighter with those Tampa Bay imports, and of course they could've made a run to bring back Reyes. As for the Rays, would Reyes somehow have managed to stay healthy? Or would that pesky left hamstring have flared, blowing up what would've been a blockbuster deal for the American League East paupers?
• Post columnist Mike Vaccaro says a full generation of Mets fans have now grown up knowing the Yankees to be the dominant team in the city. Writes Vaccaro:
So an entire generation of New York baseball children have been born, raised and sent off into the world knowing only one pecking order in New York City. The Mets have had their moments: 1999, 2000, and 2006, and even the agonizing Septembers that followed. There remain a lot of Mets fans, through their struggles, in the same way there always were plenty of Dodgers fans in the ’30s and Giants fans in the ’40s. But it’s a resounding Yankees town now.
• The seasons for Lucas Duda (headaches) and Jason Isringhausen (leg numbness from herniated disc) may be over. Meanwhile, Angel Pagan was out on Saturday, two days after striking himself in the back of the head with his swing. And Jason Bay needed to depart Game 1 with continued illness effects, which sidelined him the entire series in St. Louis.
• Dillon Gee's season is complete. He's the first Mets rookie to win 13 games since Dwight Gooden in 1984.
• Mookie Wilson has left the team for the remainder of the season due to a death in his family. Wally Backman will coach first base during the final four games.
• Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger previews Mike Pelfrey's final 2011 start.
BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever David Weathers turns 42. ... Infielder Argenis Reyes, who appeared in 25 games with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians organization, turns 29.