But in this case, the Mets limped into Philly with their Triple-A lineup without David Wright in their lineup, who is likely heading to the DL with an injury to his pinkie finger, to confront Phillies ace number two, Cliff Lee, and still, they beat the Phillies.
It didn't take long for the Mets to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Ruben Tejada led off the game with a long double to left field, and was driven in immediately by Daniel Murphy who doubled to right before anyone could settle in their seats. The Mets continued to tatoo Lee later in the first inning, when Jason Bay, that's right Jason Bay, cracked a two run homer to right center, his first of the year, to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
R.A. Dickey was excellent. In seven dominant innings, he scattered nine hits and struck out seven. He had the Phillies guessing all night while lowering his era to 2.08 and improving to 2-0 on the season.
While the Mets lineup continued to struggle, i.e. Justin Turner went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .167, Ike Davis went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .043, and Lucas Duda went 0-for-4, dropping to .120; it was nice to see Bay get a big hit. This is a guy who has really struggled since becoming a Met three years ago. In sum, Bay has stunk. If David Wright is going to miss any time, the Mets need Bay to pick it up and deliver. Probably wishful thinking.
Anyway, the NL East remains upside down as the Mets and Nationals remain in first place.