Mets Rumors & News
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This weekend, the Mets took back the National League’s best record, sweeping all three games against the Nationals and answered critics who have been saying that the team hasn’t been playing up to their potential. The Mets didn’t just win; they won by playing solid baseball. They took the lead early in all three games and never looked back. Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez dominated the Nationals and while Oliver Perez wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, he kept the Mets in the game and the bullpen closed the door. The bullpen regained some form and held the Nats to only two runs in seven and a third innings pitched.

While beating the Nationals isn’t entirely a feat worthy of a parade, what makes it important is how the Phillies and Braves weekend went about. In Atlanta, the Braves lost two of three to the NL’s best Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies, who have been fighting through inconsistency and injuries all season, completely unraveled in Pittsburgh, also losing two of three.

With the losses of the division rivals over the weekend, the Mets opened up their lead to five games over the Phillies in the NL East. The Mets need to take the momentum form the wins over the weekend to their short home stand against the NL West. The Padres are in town, followed by the Dodgers. This is before a big four game road trip to Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies.

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