Terry Collins dreamed of a lineup on Friday night that included his best player. That dream was rooted in the knowledge that David Wright will play with a broken back if he can hide it, and this is just a broken pinkie, right? Right?

Actually, no. Unfortunately for the manager and his star, this particular fractured finger, because it is on the right hand, does not present the option of playing through pain. In fact, it renders Wright unable to play at all. On Friday, he still could not grip a bat, throw a baseball, or otherwise participate in a ballgame. If that does not improve on Saturday, the Mets will probably have to place Wright on the 15-day disabled list.

"I take great pride in going out there, playing banged up and playing through some pain," Wright said. "This is just something, it would be stupid to, because I wouldn't be helping anybody. I would be hurting the team."

So the Mets were forced to confront Cliff Lee and the Phillies with Justin Turner batting third and playing third base. Despite the apparent mismatch of ace versus diminished lineup, the Mets set immediately to clobbering Lee, and ultimately prevailed, 5-2.

The steady march commenced in the first inning, when the Mets took a 1-0 lead on consecutive doubles by Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy. Moments later, Jason Bay, appearing so lost during the season's first six games, whacked a two-run, opposite-field home run to right-center. It was Bay's first homer of the year, spring training included.