Willie Randolph has been saying his Mets need to establish a killer instinct, the ability to put away a team in a game or series. After tonight’s 9-3 blowout of the Phillies, it looks as if they are establishing such an identity.
Seven games in a row, the Mets have taken a first-inning lead. They were up 6-0 after their third at-bat. The Phillies were never in the game, and are now 8.5 games behind. They are actually closer to last place than the Mets.
The Braves? They trail by 12.
Tomorrow the Mets will go for eight straight on the road, which would tie the club record set in 1988.