PHILADELPHIA - The question was about David Wright, but Terry Collins could have been talking about any one of his players.
"He kills the ball here," the Mets manager said Monday afternoon before the Mets began a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
He sure does. They all do.
The returning Wright started a barrage in the second inning with a solo home run to deep left. Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores (twice), Travis d'Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes added homers of their own as the Mets broke a pair of franchise records and overcame the worst start of Jacob deGrom's career to defeat the Phillies, 16-7.
The eight home runs broke the franchise mark of seven set on April 19, 2005, also in Philadelphia. The 15 extra-base hits broke the Mets' record of 13, last reached at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005. The 11 combined home runs tied a National League record. The milestone has been achieved five times, but not since May 17, 1979.
DeGrom allowed a career-high seven runs (six earned) in 22/3 innings, the shortest outing of his two-year career. His ERA ballooned from 1.98 to 2.29, the highest it has been since July 2.
The righthander, who has never lost to the Phillies, exited with his team down 7-2. He was off the hook by the top of the fifth when Flores hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot to left that put the Mets ahead for good, 8-7.
Flores finished 3-for-6 with five RBIs, three runs, a double, and two home runs. The shortstop, who was nearly traded to Milwaukee at the end of July, has 14 RBIs, 16 runs, three homers and a .348 batting average since the trade deadline.
Cuddyer put one in the leftfield seats two batters later to make it 9-7. Murphy hit a two-run shot to make it 11-7 in the sixth. A two-run double by d'Arnaud in the sixth and an RBI single from Lagares in the seventh made it 14-7. Murphy doubled in the ninth to break the franchise extra-base hit record. Cespedes homered to deep left a batter later to break the franchise home run record.
The Mets (68-56) have taken nine of 10 against the Phillies (50-75) this season. Early, it looked as if their second loss was imminent.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen made his first visit to the mound in the bottom of the first. He returned two innings later with deGrom down five and his pitch count already at 61. The next visit was from Terry Collins, still in the third, to remove the young ace. Sean Gilmartin stemmed the tide with 32/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Mets chased Phillies starter Adam Morgan in the fourth, shortly after Flores and d'Arnaud hit back-to-back home runs to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Wright finished 2-for-5 with three runs, an RBI and the home run in his first game since April 14. Collins said before the game that he thought the lineup would be fine, whether Wright returned to form or not.
"It's easier because of some of the other faces in the clubhouse," he said. "There's a reason Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson are here."
He could have added a few more names to that list.