Jason Phillips; Photo: Rusty Kennedy/AP

A week ago, the Mets reached the .500 mark, after sweeping the Rockies. Then, they started 12 games against the two teams atop the division, the Marlins and Phillies. Halfway through, they are two games below .500 at 24-26, 5.5 games out of first and trailing the Braves as well. Yesterday, they stopped their 4 game losing skid by beating the Phillies 5-3 (box score). The game was wet, with rain delaying the start of the game and causing a delay of 2:27 during the game, wreaking havoc on scorecards everywhere.

In the fifth inning, the Mets nearly lost the lead when Mike Piazza, playing first, had a ball go through his legs. The error resulted in two runs for the Phillies. Piazza certainly isn't playing a pretty first base, with three errors in the past week, but what can the Mets do? The best the Mets can hope for is that Piazza has a miraculous learning curve for his part-time position and he makes as few errors as possible.

The Mets play two more games in Philadelphia before returning to Shea to play four games against the Marlins.