Let's get the cliche out of the way: today is a big game for the Phillies.
The Phillies are 4-9 against the Mets this season, and 5-6 against the Marlins. That's no way to win the National League East. The Phillies have lost a combined four consecutive series against the Mets and Marlins. In fact, they haven't won a series against either team since they took 2 of 3 from the Marlins in a series May 30-June 1 at Citizens Bank Park. But the Phillies can win their first series against a legit NL East rival (sorry, but the Braves and Nationals are out of the picture) in more than two months with a victory this afternoon. That's because they played nearly flawlessly in last night's 5-0 victory over the Fish.
The lineup produced from top to bottom last night. They played solid defense. They manufactured runs.
And they pitched well.