After last night's 10-1 victory (box score), the Mets have their sights set on first place in the NL East. Richard hidalgo extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 1-5 but the offense came early and often from his teammates. Cliff Floyd, Ty Wigginton and Mike Cameron all homered in the 2nd inning off Phillies starter Brett Myers. Cameron added another home run in the 5th inning. Steve Trachsel pitched 7 innings, gave up a solo home run in the 7th inning, and improved his record to 9-6.
Interesting facts from the Daily News: The Mets haven't been in first since September 1, 2000. The last time they were in first after July 8th - 1988. The Mets are also three games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 1, 2002. After three dismal years by the Mets since 2000, all these stats come as welcome news for Mets fans. Gothamist remembers those bad years and we wondered what went wrong each year. They spent lots of money on some big name players, but they just didn't work out. Note to the Mets: You don't make the covers of the local papers by outspending the Yankees (although that would probably be big news), you make the papers by beating them.
Tonight, the Mets play for first place in the final game of the 4-game set against the Phillies. Matt Ginter pitches for the Mets and Kevin Millwood starts for the Phillies. So much for losing that momentum - looks like that was just a hiccup. Don't look now, but the Braves are only half a game behind the Mets. The race for the NL East pennant could be a good one.