NEW YORK - Jimmy Rollins has proven himself quite capable in the prediction business. His mind-reading skills still need work, though.

Rollins said he was not sure whether the Phillies messed with the psyche of the New York Mets, though it sure seemed that way after a 5-2 comeback victory yesterday at Shea Stadium.

Charlie Manuel wasn't sure, either.

"I don't know, but I do know this," said Manuel, whose team has won nine straight against the Mets. "I hope we beat them 10, and if we do that, I hope we keep going."

Rollins, who went 2 for 5 with two runs and one RBI, said the Phillies did not feel any more confident against the Mets than against anyone else.

"It's not [just] this team," said Rollins, who was listed as day-to-day after spraining his left ankle in the eighth inning. "It's anybody. We play good late in the game. Seven, eight and nine, we seem to do a lot of scoring in those innings. That's usually when a game is close and it's make-or-break time. We usually find a way to step up. It's not [just] against them. That's just the way we play the ball game."

The Mets have blown leads in seven of those nine losses.

Two of them were first-inning leads. They blew a two-run lead entering the sixth inning in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings Sept. 14, a two-run lead entering the seventh yesterday, a one-run lead entering the eighth in a 5-3 loss Sept. 15, a two-run lead entering the bottom of the eighth in a 4-2 loss in 10 innings Aug. 28, and a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth in a memorable 11-10 loss Aug. 30.

The Mets led by 2-0 entering the top of the seventh yesterday when Rollins and Shane Victorino singled. Lefthander Scott Schoeneweis then hit Chase Utley with a pitch to load the bases - the third time in the game that Utley had been hit by a pitch, tying a major-league record.

Ryan Howard hit a grounder to Carlos Delgado for a potential inning-ending double play, but the first baseman's throw bounced off Utley's back, allowing Rollins and Victorino to score, making it 2-2.

Utley scored on Jayson Werth's single to make it 3-2.

The Phillies tacked on two more runs in the eighth as six solid innings from Jamie Moyer and three scoreless innings from Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero and Tom Gordon kept the Mets at bay.

Rollins received most of the boos from Mets fans yesterday, and most of the attention afterward.

"He wasn't MVP for no reason," Victorino said. "He thrives on big games, and he always finds a way to do it. You don't get those initials for no reason. You don't get to be MVP for being an average player."

Even if he can't read the minds of the Mets.