McNeil, Alonso and … who? This trio keys Mets’ win

NEW YORK — Over 11 games against the Phillies this season, the Mets have demonstrated an uncommon mastery of their Jersey Turnpike rivals. They’ve won eight of those contests and have done so in all sorts of different ways. Saturday, the Mets managed an 8-2 win at Citi Field to ensure their fourth straight series victory over Philadelphia, in large part thanks to six combined RBIs from Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor .

“It’s like nobody’s trying to be the hero,” Lindor said. “Everybody’s just focusing on what’s in front of their toes at that moment. If that person doesn’t get it done, the person behind them will get it done.”

Anecdotally, McNeil’s home run drew interest in the home clubhouse because he claimed to have seen an eagle perched in right field prior to hitting the ball there. Those with an interest in more conclusive facts may find intrigue from this trio of statistics that came out of the game:

McNeil: A 1.000 slugging percentage since …
… Remember that guy in San Francisco who heckled McNeil from the stands earlier this week, yelling about his lack of power? McNeil homered in that at-bat and again on Saturday, staring down his 402-foot shot to the second deck in right field. Since the heckler had his say, McNeil has three extra-base hits in 13 at-bats. He’s also adopted a new home-run dance, which he says is a tribute to Will…

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