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Why the next three weeks, not the Mets, will determine the Phillies season

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By the time Mark Canha’s flipped bat had completed its final revolution before plopping to the ground after his go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the 9th of yesterday’s crushing 10-9 loss to the Mets, a sobering realization implanted itself into the minds of most Phillies fans watching that train wreck of a series. The Mets just have their number. The two teams played each other 19 times this season. The Phillies won four of those games. The Mets won 15 and outscored the Phils 100-63, a staggering run differential of +37, and beat them every which way a team can do it — blowouts, pitchers’ duels, extra innings and come-from-behind wins. It was truly a demoralizing sight to see. This weekend, New York (and their fans) came into Philadelphia and, without Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker or Carlos Carrasco, outpitched Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Kyle Gibson. With runners in scoring position, Phils’ hitters went 11-for-42 (.208) that included a ghastly 4-for-17 performance in Saturday night’s 4-3 win, their lone victory of the series.