The Mets produced their MLB-leading 11th comeback win, rallying for a 10-6 victory Wednesday night, to sweep a three-game series in Philly for the first time since June 2006. They moved five games over .500 for the first time since July 19, 2010.
"We came in and got them at the right time and took advantage of playing hard," Terry Collins said. "If something happened, there was a mistake, we capitalized on it. It was a great trip for us. We'll enjoy it for a while and get ready for this weekend."
Thursday's news reports:
• An excerpt from my column on the sweep:
Inside a jubilant visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, third baseman David Wright struggled to recall the New York Mets’ last three-game sweep in Philly. And if he could not come up with the date, surely none of his teammates could, either. After all, Wright is the only active player to have been a Met the last time it happened. “I was trying to remember that. In 2006, maybe?” Wright asked after the Mets posted their third straight come-from-behind victory to sweep the Phillies with a 10-6 victory Wednesday night. Yes, June 15, 2006 -- before Adam Wainwright's curveball, and “Team to Beat,” and the collapse, and the second collapse, and three losing seasons, and Bernard Madoff and, well, you get the point. (You would think Wright would have had a fighting chance at recalling it, too, since he homered in each game of that series.) Wednesday’s victory moved the Mets five games over .500 for the first time since July 19, 2010.
Read the full analysis here.
• The win came despite Dillon Gee being charged with four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. “I was not good -- probably, by far, the worst I’ve felt all year,” Gee said. “I just had zero command. I was behind to everyone and I had no command of the curveball. It’s tough to pitch like that.” Read game recaps in the Times, Record, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Post.
• Phillies manager Charlie Manuel called a team meeting after getting swept by the Mets. Writes Matt Gelb in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The room was quiet now because Charlie Manuel had already delivered a loud message to his beaten team. Many of the Phillies had dressed, left their clubhouse and ventured into the wet darkness. Still in his full uniform, Cliff Lee sat with Roy Halladay and Chad Qualls. Joe Savery packed his bags for Allentown. Jimmy Rollins hopped onto a table and broke the silence. "You don't have to whisper," he said. "It's not the end of the world." Fates are not decided after 32 baseball games, but Manuel decided an intervention was required. All he had to do was watch Wednesday's 10-6 defeat to New York - 2 hours, 56 minutes of baseball that made him seethe. "And usually," Manuel said, "I stay pretty cool."
• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post notes the Mets' success had a lot to do with what the Phillies did not do. Writes Davidoff:
The Phillies of 2007-11 strolled the ballpark with an arrogance, an expectation that they would win each night. The current Phillies are exemplifying that such arrogance comes from talent, rather than the talent resulting from attitude of any kind. Because these five-time defending National League East champions, playing without their injured stars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, simply aren’t very good.
• Jenrry Mejia allowed two runs in five innings for Class A St. Lucie at Brevard County on Wednesday morning in his first official minor league game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011. Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger the intention is to get Mejia three more minor league starts. After that, team brass will decide whether to use Mejia as a reliever or a starter the remainder of the season. Warthen has been on the record saying he believes Mejia's future is as a reliever because a violent delivery could leave him susceptible to injury. Sandy Alderson indicated what the Mets' needs are will play a role in how to use Mejia. “We’re just trying to get him back to a competitive level, at a representative number of pitches, and commanding all of his assortment of pitches,” Alderson told McCullough. “Once we get to that point, assuming he’s pitching five or six innings a game in a starting role, he can perform either role for us.”
Paul DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com during spring training to look at how the Texas Rangers have developed pitchers in explaining Mejia's future role. That seemed to suggest even back in March that Mejia could contribute at the major league level this season in the bullpen, then revert to a starting role next year if the organization wants to switch him back.
Chris Young follows Mejia in St. Lucie's starting rotation Thursday. Young, who also underwent surgery last May 16, to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, will be starting in a minor league game for the first time since that procedure. He is scheduled to throw roughly 75 pitches.
• Brian Costa in the Journal takes a look at the newly created "taxi squad" for 2012. Under old MLB guidelines, a player potentially replacing an injured major league player could not be in the clubhouse actively participating with teammates until a formal DL move was made. So players were quietly flown in and stayed at the hotel until the team decided whether to DL the injured player. Now, the secrecy and isolation is gone, and the call-up can be in the clubhouse and participate in pregame workouts with the team in uniform at the stadium for up to 24 hours before either being activated or returning to the minors.
Rob Johnson technically was on the taxi squad and in the clubhouse until Josh Thole was placed on the DL on Tuesday. Last month, during the Mets' first trip to Philly, Josh Satin was at Citizens Bank Park for a day, then shipped back to Buffalo when the Mets decided David Wright did not need a DL trip for his fractured right pinkie. Placing a player on the taxi squad also allows the Triple-A team to add a player; in the past, while the potential call-up waited in limbo, the minor league squad was forced to play shorthanded because the player still counted against its roster until activated by the parent club.
"It's lonely," R.A. Dickey told Costa about the old system, when the player was hidden at the hotel. "Nobody there would talk to you. You get a random call at random times, 'Hey, we're not going to activate you tonight. Just spend the night. We might activate you tomorrow. Beeeeeep.' It's really bizarre. You feel like an MI-6 agent."
Satin told Costa that Wright apologized to him for having to fly to Philly only to return to Triple-A without being activated. Said Satin: "David said, 'I'm really sorry I made you come out here.' I said, 'Honestly, there's nothing to be sorry about.' There's plenty of worse things to do than sit in a big-league clubhouse and watch the Mets play the Phillies."
• Jeurys Familia limited Triple-A Gwinnett to one run in six innings and Buffalo won, 4-1, Wednesday. Read the full minor league recap here.
• Ronny Cedeno, on the DL with a left side muscle strain, played nine innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He is expected back this weekend in Miami, although Collins did not commit to a Friday return because he wants to see the middle infielder compete against higher-level pitching.
• Collins believes the spate of left-handed starting pitching the Mets have seen this season is a coincidence, not teams manipulating their rotation to line up against his club. Read more in the Times.
• Andres Torres is using a lighter bat than when he played for the Giants, the Daily News notes.
TRIVIA: Shane Victorino nearly played an Andres Torres sinking liner into an inside-the-park homer Wednesday, although Torres stopped at third. Which players have multiple inside-the-park homers while playing for the Mets?
Wednesday's answer: Ex-Met Omir Santos made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 5, 2008.