Philadelphia has won six straight against New York, including a three-game sweep at Shea Stadium last weekend. Saturday’s 9-6 win kept the Phillies one game ahead of the Florida Marlins for the wild card.
“They’re a different team than what we were playing early in the year,” Mets manager Art Howe said of the Phillies. “They’re much more determined.”
Philadelphia has won five straight and eight of nine overall.
“We’ve played so good,” Phillies rightfielder Bobby Abreu said. “In the clubhouse, in the dugout, everything is so good.”
Brett Myers allowed three runs—two earned—and six hits in six innings for his first win since Aug. 16. Myers, who allowed 10 runs in his previous two starts, gave the Phillies four 13-game winners for the first time in 30 years.
“We knew we had a great staff in spring training,” Myers said. “We just didn’t know how many wins we’d get.”
The last-place Mets have lost three straight since sweeping a three-game series from first-place Atlanta.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 26 1/2 GB, NL East. Phillies - 2nd place, 11 GB, NL East.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Al Leiter (14-7, 4.06 ERA). The veteran left-hander is seeking his seventh win in nine starts. He an unearned run and five hits over seven innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Atlanta. Leiter is 8-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 20 career starts against the Phillies.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Amaury Telemaco (1-2, 3.96 ERA). The right-hander makes his fifth start since replacing Brandon Duckworth as the No. 5 starter. In his last start, Telemaco allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings, but did not receive a decision in the Phillies’ 5-3 win over the Expos on Tuesday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Roger Cedeno, .272 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 18 HRs and 68 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 66 runs; Jose Reyes, 13 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .323 avg.; Jim Thome, 39 HRs, 106 RBIs and 91 runs; Abreu, 18 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 10-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - LHP Leiter is 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA against the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. … SS Jorge Velandia, playing for the injured Reyes, has seven RBIs in four starts. … The Mets started six rookies Saturday for the sixth time this season. Phillies - OF Abreu hit his 20th homer Saturday, giving the Phillies three players with 20 or more for the 10th time in franchise history. 1B Thome has 39 and OF Pat Burrell has 20. … The Phillies are 50-12 when scoring first this year. … SS Jimmy Rollins, the NL leader in triples the last two seasons, got just his fifth three-base hit of the season in the first inning Saturday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 30-41 on the road; Phillies - 44-27 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - SS Reyes (ankle), day-to-day; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; OF Floyd (foot), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 60-day DL. Phillies - INF Polanco (quad), day-to-day; 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP Terry Adams (oblique), 15-day DL.