Monday night's record-breaking performance by the Mets in Philadephia was one of the more memorable offensive showings of the season. The 16-7 rout of the Phillies saw the Mets set franchise single-game records for most home runs (8) and most extra-base hits (15). The 16 runs also tied a Mets record for most runs ever scored in a game against the Phillies and was the highest run total for the Mets in a game this season.
Let's face it: Offense is fun. Beating up on the NL East rival Phillies is even more fun. In the 54-year history of the Mets, they've clobbered the Phillies plenty. Here's a look back at some of the highest-scoring games the Mets have had against the boys from the City of Brotherly Love.
METS 16, PHILLIES 4 — April 19, 2005, Citizens Bank Park (Box)
Before Monday night's home run barrage, the previous Mets' single-game home run record of seven was set here. Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz each homered twice. Mike Piazza, Doug Mientkiewicz, and David Wright also went deep. Phillies' starter Vincente Padilla suffered the brunt of the damage, allowing five of the Met longballs. Wright's sixth-inning grand slam off of Gavin Floyd served as the exclamation point. The 12-run margin of victory stands as the largest for the Mets against the Phils.
METS 11, PHILLIES 0 — May 29, 1998, Veterans Stadium (Box)
This game goes down as the Mets' largest shutout victory over the Phillies. Rick Reed was masterful for 7.1 innings and received plenty of offensive support thanks to the middle infield duo of Edgardo Alfonzo and Rey Ordonez. Alfonzo went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Ordonez, known much more for his defensive prowess, collected four hits and scored three times. Butch Huskey also homered for the Mets.
METS 13, PHILLIES 3 — June 19, 1970, Shea Stadium (Box)
The 13 runs the Mets scored this game are much less relevant than the pitcher they scored the majority of them against. Jim Bunning absolutely owned the Mets during his Hall of Fame career. Bunning won 18 times against the Mets while posting a 2.48 ERA and 0.963 WHIP in 34 starts. He threw 13 complete games, seven shutouts, and on June 21, 1964 he fired a perfect game against the Mets at Shea.
Needless to say, the Mets were due. Bunning recorded just two outs in the first before being removed, as the Mets rocked him for seven runs on eight hits. Wayne Garrett hit a two-run triple and Tommie Agee delivered a two-run double that knocked Bunning from the game in the first. Garrett homered later in the game and Ken Boswell went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, all in support of the another Hall of Famer—Tom Seaver, who went the distance and struck out 11 Phillies in the victory.
METS 15, PHILLIES 11 — June 16, 1989, Veterans Stadium (Box)
This one was wild as the Mets scored eight runs in the first, but the Phillies would battle back to eventually take an 11-10 lead after seven. The Mets went back in front in the eighth inning on a two-run, pinch-hit double by catcher Mackey Sasser off of 1987 Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian. Second baseman Gregg Jefferies added some insurance with a two-run home run off Bedrosian in the ninth. Jefferies's day at the plate was glorious, finishing 2-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBIs, and two stolen bases.
METS 13, PHILLIES 3 — August 5, 1987, Shea Stadium (Box)
Gary Carter homered twice and Darryl Strawberry added a three-run shot of his own as the Mets hammered Phillies' starter Kevin Gross for ten runs over four innings. Wally Backman had three hits, and starter John Mitchell picked up the third and final victory of his very brief Mets career.
METS 12, PHILLIES 4 — August 16, 1964, Shea Stadium (Box)
A blowout victory for a very bad team is a nice change of pace. The Mets pounded out 17 hits in support of starter Galen Cisco on this summer day in 1964. Right fielder Joe Christopher went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Third baseman Bobby Klaus had four hits and scored three times to help the Mets roll to victory. The Mets finished their third season as a major league franchise at 53-109, their highest season win total to that point.