The Mets vs. Phillies rivalry is officially back, and I couldn't be more juiced on it. On Tuesday, the Mets' bench cleared for the first time in forever, and while nothing came of it, it was a sight for sore eyes.
Mets batters have been getting hit by pitches at an alarming rate so far in these first 23 games. McNeil, Nimmo, Cano, Ramos, Conforto, Alonso and more, have all been plunked at least once. Luckily, they've come out on the right side of an x-ray machine.
Rhys Hoskins on if Jacob Rhame was intentionally trying to hit him:— SNY (@SNYtv) April 24, 2019
"He didn't miss up and in or out and up to a lefty the rest of the inning...I'll let you decide" pic.twitter.com/O5Wkixz7hj
Intentionally or not, Jacob Rhame seemed to deliver a message last night. Or maybe he just missed his mark by like 3 feet and "accidentally sailed one". Either way, when the boys jumped on the field for backup, it sent a message.
Our guys aren't going to just stand in the box with a bullseye on their back, and they are sure as shit not going to take any crap from the NL East division rival Phillies.
Wilson Ramos was ready. pic.twitter.com/31BacBPVO1— Roger Cormier (@yayroger) April 24, 2019
At least for right now, Mets vs. Phillies has that mid-2000's feel, and it could get interesting tonight as the Mets go for the sweep.
The benches going to clear tonight?— The 7 Line (@The7Line) April 24, 2019