A few days earlier, the Wild Card had seemed the only path to the postseason. While it still may be the quickest path, the Phillies have surged with their second straight sweep of their chief division rival. They completed this task with a 10-6 win at Shea Stadium on Sunday, shredding New York's division lead to 3 1/2 games.
|"That's the most gratifying, that I was able to give us the lead. That's very special, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do that in this arena, especially at this time, with how much we've been battling."|
|-- Greg Dobbs|
"Off the bat, it was fair, so I just started running," Dobbs said. "I didn't lean. I'm not standing there waving [a la Carlton Fisk]. I'm gone. If it stays fair, it stays fair. If it goes foul, I'm going right back to the plate and trying to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. It started hooking a bit, but it still cleared it by four or five feet."He paused, reflecting on what he called the biggest hit of his career. "Thankfully." As is often the case in these matters, Dobbs said he didn't remember touching any of the bases. "You're just floating on air," he said. "You're happy to be able to do something to put your club ahead. That's the most gratifying, that I was able to give us the lead. That's very special, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do that in this arena, especially at this time, with how much we've been battling." In running their winning streak against the Mets to eight, the Phillies had to leave their rivals with an uneasy feeling heading into the season's final 13 games, and not so much that New York might blow the division lead. But who has the edge should these teams meet again -- say, in the NLCS? Perhaps that's skipping ahead too much. Still, there's no denying that the Mets have saved the Phillies' season. The Phillies are 13-7 since Aug. 27 -- 7-0 against the Mets and 6-7 against everyone else. "This series, the Phillies were a good team, bottom line," Rollins said. "[The Mets] made more mistakes and we were able to take advantage. That was the difference." Here they go again.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.