Take away Tuesday night's ninth inning and the Phillies scored six runs in 26 innings against the Mets.
Take away the implosion of a makeshift bullpen Tuesday night and the Mets out pitched, out hit and out hustled the Phillies in taking this series and the lead in the NL East.
Frankly, Charlie Manuel chose a lousy time to discipline Jimmy Rollins. That's right, a lousy time. If he or anyone else thinks benching Rollins will wake up this team, they're all dreaming. Rollins doesn't need that kind of reminder; after all, he was in the middle of their one good inning in the series and made a number of superb defensive plays. There are rules of reason and rules of administration, Charlie. Learn the difference. This whole matter should have been kept in house.
Meanwhile, Chase Utley's average is off 30 points from its high. He is going through his second serious slump of the season. Ryan Howard went from hot to cold in this series, something he's been prone to do all season. Pat Burrell, noted Mets' killer, had a bad series. No one is hitting, especially in the clutch. Tuesday night was an aberration; this team doesn't hit with men in scoring position.
Take away those two 20-run games from what seems like the last millennium and you have a vaunted offense that hasn't lived up to its own press clippings. End of story. End of season?