The last time the Mets saw the Phillies, their NL East rivals were dancing all over their crushed hearts, celebrating a sweep after the third of three late-inning come-from-behind victories against Mickey Callaway’s beleaguered bullpen.
The Mets have shown some life since, winning two of their past three games against the Braves and Yankees following a seven-game losing streak. They desperately need a big weekend to gain some momentum entering the All-Star break. Returning the favor would certainly help the team with the second-worst record in the National League.
“It’s very important. Hopefully we have a really good weekend here, and go to the break and come back and keep playing well,” Jeff McNeil said. “This time around hopefully we can finish out the games.”
In that four-game sweep last month, the Mets played well enough to win at least two of those games, if not three. They held multiple-run leads in all four games. They were ahead by three runs in the seventh inning in one defeat, three runs in the sixth in another, and two runs in the final game before closer Edwin Diaz’s implosion.