If Chase Utley is watching from across the country, he's probably nodding in affirmation.
Jean Segura's consistent destruction of the Mets is reminiscent of the damage Utley and Pat Burrell used to do against the Phillies' division rival.
Segura hit a three-run double and a game-winning two-run homer in extra innings Monday in the Phillies' 9-8 win at Citi Field.
In two seasons as a Phillie, Segura is 34 for 90 against the Mets, hitting .378 with nine doubles, two triples, five homers and 18 RBI. That's 16 extra-base hits in 21 games.
In a game late last June, Segura went 4 for 6 against the Mets with a go-ahead homer and a go-ahead double.
Two days later, he homered and hit a game-tying two-run single against them in the seventh.
A day later, he hit a walk-off three-run homer off Edwin Diaz.
Segura is a massive reason why the Phillies are 17-9 against the Mets since he got here. Among players with at least 90 career at-bats against the Mets while with the Phillies, his .689 slugging percentage ranks first — by 110 points.
Utley, of course, made a career out of crushing the Mets' dreams. He hit 23 homers against them from 2005-09 and 39 in his career. Long after his prime, in years like 2013, '14 and '15, Utley was still hitting over .300 with power against the Mets.
Burrell hit 42 homers against the Mets, 16 more than he had against any team. But it wasn't just what they did, it was when they did it. Almost 15 years later, Phillies fans still talk about Burrell's homers off of Billy Wagner or Utley's late-inning heroics against the Mets in '07.
The two best Phillies ever against the Mets in OPS were Dick Allen and Scott Rolen, tied at .962.
Allen, who had his No. 15 retired this week at Citizens Bank Park, hit .301 with 29 homers and 82 RBI against the Mets as a Phillie in 504 plate appearances. Rolen hit .313/.422/.540 in 322 plate appearances.
The Phillies and Mets have three games left in their season series. The Phils have won five of the first seven. They meet again at Citizens Bank Park September 15-17.