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Brooklyn Met Fan says, 'It's OK to not watch anymore.'

Jason at Faith and Fear in Flushing asks if this is the most disappointing season in Mets history, and lists his top five of all time.

MetsGrrl doesn't even think she's "supporting the team in the true sense of the word."

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On September 23, I am hosting a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society from 6-10 pm at Lansdowne Road, located at 599 10th Avenue in NYC.

The event will coincide with the Mets vs. Braves game and admission is free.

There will be drink specials, and a raffle during the seventh inning stretch with great items from: Ommegang Brewery, Blue Smoke, MeiGray, SNY,Gary, Keith & Ron, Brooklyn Brewery, Top of the Rock, Chelsea Piers, Louisville Slugger, Trapeze School of NY, Random House, Crunch Fitness, Antonio Prieto Salon, Off The Wagon, NY Shaving Co.,Village Pourhouse,Croton Tavern and many more!

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The Mets lost to the Braves, 6-5, in walk-off fashion tonight at Turner Field.

For a full recap and box score, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

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On September 23rd, I am hosting a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society from 6-10 p.m. at Lansdowne Road, located at 599 10th Avenue in NYC.

The event will coincide with the Mets vs. Braves game and admission is free.

There will be drink specials, and a raffle with great items from: Ommegang Brewery, Blue Smoke, MeiGray, Gary, Keith & Ron, Brooklyn Brewery, Top of the Rock, Chelsea Piers, Louisville Slugger, Trapeze School of NY, Random House, New York Shaving Co., Crunch Fitness, Antonio Prieto Salon, Off The Wagon, Croton Tavern and many more!

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The Mets lost to the Marlins by the score of 6?3 in Citi Field tonight.

For a full recap and boxscore, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

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The Mets lost to the Rockies by the score of 5-2 in Coors Field tonight.

For a recap and boxscore, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

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Carlos Beltran made his first rehab start tonight for the Brooklyn Cyclones and went 1-for-3, with one walk and a RBI.

He is scheduled to start in the field tomorrow and play five innings.

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The Mets (58?70) begin a three-game series with the Cubs? (63-62) at 2:20 pm in Chicago today, with Ted Lilly squaring off against Pat Misch.

Angel Pagan will leadoff, followed in order by Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur, Fernando Tatis, Omir Santos,? Cory Sullivan in leftfield, and Wilson Valdez at shortstop.

Misch (0-1, 4.09 ERA) is making his first start of the year for the Mets.? In his most recent appearance last Sunday, he went four scoreless innings.

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The Mets beat the Marlins by the score of 10-3 today at Land Shark Stadium.

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The Least You Should Know:

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The Marlins defeated the Mets by the score of 5-3 tonight at Land Shark Stadium.

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On February 12th, I posted about my campaign to raise money this season for the American Cancer Society in honor of the five year anniversary of my father's passing due to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

For every home run the Mets hit this season, I will be donating $5 to the ACS.

So far this season I have raised over $3,000, due mostly in part to members of the Metsblog community, and for that I am extremely grateful.

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Early sources, including ESPN's Buster Olney, believe that Johan Santana will not require major reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, but may need corrective surgery or have his elbow cleaned out which will allow him to be ready for the 2010 season.

...nothing is definitive until tests are done this afternoon so we will see...

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The Mets lost to the Phillies today by the score of 6 to 2 in Citi Field.

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The Least You Should Know:

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The Mets lost to the Braves tonight by the score of 3 to 2 in Citi Field.

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The Least You Should Know:

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Jerry Manuel spoke with reporters before tonight's game.

On Nelson Figueroa, Manuel said that the key for him is to be in the strike zone and pitch to contact.? The reason he's starting is because he's pitching very well, and he can throw around 110 pitches which shows the potential to go deep into the game.? He seems to be very confident, works quick, and can hold runners on.

When asked about Figueroa's role, Manuel said it is dependent on his performance.? If he performs well, they will make adjustments.

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The Mets (50-54) conclude their series against the Diamondbacks (46-59) tonight at 7:10 p.m. with Nelson Figueroa facing off against Dan Haren.

Angel Pagan will hit leadoff tonight, followed in order by Luis Castillo, David Wright, Gary Sheffield returns at left, Daniel Murphy at first, Jeff Francoeur in right, Alex Cora at shortstop and Omir Santos behind the plate.

Figueroa is 0-1 this season with the Mets, but sports a 2.25 ERA in 112 innings pitched for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

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The Mets (49-53) will play the second game of their four game series against the Diamondbacks (45-58) tonight at Citi Field.

Angel Pagan will lead off, followed by Luis Castillo, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur, Cory Sullivan, Alex Cora, and Brian Schneider.

Oliver Perez (2-3, 7.42 ERA) will pitch for the Mets.

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The Mets (49?52) lost to the Rockies (55?47) tonight by the score of 4 to 2 in Citi Field.

For a full recap and boxscore, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

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The Mets lost to the Nationals, 3-1, tonight in D.C.

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The Least You Should Know:

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The Mets (42-47) play the third of their four game series against the Braves (45-45) today at 4:00 PM EDT at Turner Field.

Angel Pagan will again lead off, followed by Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Jeff Francoeur, Jeremy Reed, Omir Santos, and Alex Cora.

Johan Santana (10-7, 3.09 ERA) will start for the Mets. In his career, Santana is 58-17 in the second half, which is the highest winning percentage in history. His 2.70 second half ERA is also the eighth lowest all-time, and he needs one more strikeout to reach 1,700.

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The Texas Rangers released Orlando Hernandez from his minor-league contract yesterday

El Duque was 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eight relief appearances for AAA Oklahoma.

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Update, 1:15 pm:

Tim Redding is still in the clubhouse so no move has yet been made.

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As much as I want to stay positive and believe that the Mets can turn this thing around, I just feel that this season will end the same way it has 45 other times for them- without a championship.

Just saying the word "championship" makes it seem so far-fetched after how this team has been performing this year.? Yes, the injuries are the biggest reason for this, but I feel that if the Wilpons and Omar Minaya continue to wait for the cavalry to return, this season will become a lost cause.

We're at the halfway point, and anything can still happen. I hope they make me eat my words, but there has been very little to be excited about this season. If the Mets are going to make a big move, they need to do it now because time is not on their side.

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The Mets lost to the Braves 11-0 tonight in Atlanta.

For a complete recap, box score and stats, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Mike Pelfrey was extremely ineffective tonight. Pelf went four plus innings, and allowed nine runs and two homers.? Not much more needs to be said, as the Mets were out of this one early.
  • Taking nothing away form Jair Jurrjens and the Braves bullpen, but the Mets made them look untouchable as they have done with many a pitching staff this season. Jurrjens went six innings, allowing just two hits.
  • Gary Sheffield left the game after injuring his leg running down a fly ball.? The medical report is not out yet, but like Baron said, it looked to me like he hurt his hamstring. Another one bites the dust.
Other Observations and Notes:
  • I don't like seeing Ryan Church in a Braves jersey.
  • Two hits...really?
Johan Santana attempts to right the ship tomorrow afternoon against Kenshin Kawakami at 4:10 p.m.
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On February 12th, I posted about my campaign to raise money this season for the American Cancer Society in honor of the five year anniversary of my father's passing due to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

For every home run the Mets hit this season, I will be donating $5 to the ACS.

So far this season, I have raised nearly $3,000, due mostly in part to members of the Metsblog community, and for that I am extremely grateful.

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Ben Tulis over at Hot Foot notes some All-Star facts you might not have known, including, "The only save recorded by a Met in an All-Star game was by Sid Fernandez in the 1987 All-Star game."

Metstradamus joins in the discussion as he gripes over the game.

Seven Train to Shea thinks the winner shouldn't determine home field advantage in the World Series.

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Update, 9:41 am by Michael Baron:

The Phillies will place Pedro Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a mild shoulder strain.

...I wonder if he will be any impact at all for the Phillies after seeing this...

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The Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-4, tonight at Citi Field.

For a complete recap, box score and stats, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • The story tonight was the return of Oliver Perez. An admittedly "really nervous" Perez was decent tonight, and did all I could realistically ask for his first time out. Although he had seven walks and was quite wild, his slider had a lot of break on it, and Perez was able to work his way out of a few jams, specifically after walking the bases loaded with two outs in the third inning.? He went five, had two strikeouts, and allowed two to score on five hits.
  • With the game tied at one in the third, Daniel Murphy, who scorched two doubles tonight, scored on a seeing-eye single by David Wright to left.? Wright later scored on a Casey Blake error, and Jeremy Reed then drove Gary Sheffield in to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Sheffield's failure to slide made it a much closer play than it needed to be.? Get dirty Sheff, that may have been costly.
  • Daniel Murphy made one of the most unbelievable plays I have ever seen.? Mark Loretta nailed a line drive off the first base bag, which launched the ball high into the air. Murphy tracked it down, barehanded it, and slung it behind his back to Bobby Parnell to record the out at first.? Luck of the Irish.
  • In the eighth, Ryan Church made a sliding attempt at a liner off of Matt Kemp's bat, but missed it, earning Kemp a triple. He would eventually score to make it 5-3.
  • K-Rod came in and immediately gave up a home run to Manny Ramirez.? He then walked Casey Blake on four pitches, and gave up a base hit to Russell Martin.? He finally forced a game ending double play to earn the save.
Other Observations and Notes:
  • Phew. With everyone in the division that matters winning today, and having the lead all night, this was a must win.
  • It was very nice to see someone, anyone return from the disabled list, even if it was Oliver Perez, who has been a source of frustration in the past.
  • The game moved at a Trachselesque pace.
  • Home plate umpire, Wally Bell's strike zone was a bit askew. Ask Gary Sheffield and Nick Evans.
  • I erased anything in my post that may have jinxed them during that last inning. Yes, I'm superstitious.
The Game Ball:
  • Tentatively goes to Oliver Perez. It couldn't have been easy to go out there tonight with the burden of an inflated contract, and fan expectations weighing down on him, but his serviceable outing has allowed me to sigh a shallow breath of relief, for now.
Livan Hernandez squares off against Randy Wolf in the rubber game tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.
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Oliver Perez allowed three runs in five plus innings in a rehab start for triple-A Buffalo tonight.

Perez is expected to start against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

"I've got to take in what took place, see about his velocity and all," Jerry Manuel said.

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The Mets lost to the Phillies tonight, by the score of 7 to 2.

For a full recap and box score, click here.

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It is common knowledge that the Mets rank at the bottom of the National League with 50 home runs.

...however, these numbers threw me for a loop...

The Mets have the fewest strikeouts and the highest team batting average in the NL at .273.

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The Mets beat the Cardinals, 11-0, tonight at Citi Field.

To read a full recap, and see the boxscore, go here.

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Pedro Feliciano has appeared in 39 of the Mets' 66 games so far this season.

He is on pace to make 96 relief appearances, ten more than his career high which he set in 2008.

Feliciano has pitched without rest seventeen times, on one day's rest eleven times, and on two day's rest seven times.

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The Mets beat the Rays, 5?3, tonight at Citi Field.

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Regis Courtemanche: The Mets have made it continually harder for me to focus on the positives lately. A big reason is because they have eight players on the disabled list. If you could get any one back right now, who would it be, and do you think it would be enough to make an immediate impact?

Ted Berg: While I think the Mets could really use Jose Reyes? bat and glove right now, if we?re playing with hypotheticals I?d love to see Carlos Delgado back for a couple of reasons. I think first base is one position at which they can most reasonably expect to add a bat if need be, so if Delgado could (magically) return early, they could get a sense of what they are going to get from him going moving forward. We?ve seen guys make full recoveries from hip injuries, so if Delgado could come back and hit like he did in the second half of 2008, all of a sudden the need for a power bat doesn?t look so glaring. If he looks like the injury is going to affect him all year, the Mets should get a better sense of their deadline approach.

Matthew Cerrone: I'd probably say the healthy, dominant J.J. Putz - or Billy Wagner - because order in the bullpen and shortening the game is so important.? However, right now, I think I agree with Ted, I'd bring back Delgado, because the bullpen is useless if the team can't score runs.? The lineup is in dire need of instant offense, and someone to take pressure off of everyone, including David Wright and Jose Reyes.? Delgado from the second-half of last season would make a significant impact on this roster.

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Greg at Faith and Fear in Flushing recaps the unconventional New York City baseball tour he took recently.

...very cool, and to read about greg's new book, check out my q&a with him here...

Brooklyn Met Fan says he wouldn't want to be Omar right now.

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Voting for the position players in the 2009 All-Star Game concludes on July 2nd.

As it stands right now, David Wright leads all National League third basemen with 1,256,736 votes, which is roughly 336,000 more than the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman.

Carlos Beltran is hanging on to the third outfield spot, edging out Alfonso Soriano by a mere 27,000 votes.

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The Mets lost to the Phillies tonight by the score of 5 to 4 in 11 innings.

For a complete recap, boxscore and stats, go here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Mike Pelfrey outpitched Cole Hamels tonight, going six innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits.? He did allow a home run to Chase Utley that was a clone of last night's shot to right-center, but otherwise had his sinker working pretty well.
  • David Wright is hitting everything and notched his 15th and 16th stolen bases.? He had 15 all of last year.
  • In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, Pelfrey, who had two hits on the night including a double off the wall, had an RBI single.? Then, Castillo dunked a ball into right field to score Ryan Church.? Alex Cora then singled to score Omir Santos.? Carlos Beltran tried to beat out a double play, and actually did, but the umpire called him out.? Apparently everyone but the umpire knew he was safe.
  • Carlos Beltran made a rare misplay in the seventh on a fly ball off the wall.
  • Sean Green came in from the bullpen with the score of 4-1 and promptly gave up an RBI to Pedro Feliz.? A hurrying Wright then flubbed a grounder to allow Carlos Ruiz to score.? Jayson Werth later scored on a fielder's choice to tie the game.
  • Pedro Feliciano retired Utley, Howard, and Ibanez in order in the eighth inning and continues to impress.
  • With runners on first and second in the ninth, Luis Castillo sharply grounded out to Chan Ho Park, sending it to extra innings.
  • K-Rod strongly pitched scoreless ninth and tenth frames.
  • Jayson Werth kept the game alive with an amazing catch on a David Wright line drive that would have scored the winning Mets run.? Bobby Parnell came in to pitch the 11th, and Utley greeted him with a home run to give the Phils an insurmountable 5-4 lead.
Other Observations and Notes:
  • Win or lose, I love the way the Mets are playing right now.? They seem completely focused on the task at hand, and Citi Field seems to have finally come alive. Still disappointing to let this one get away though.
  • Umpires continue to blow calls at an alarming rate.
  • The Mets left the population of Rhode Island on base tonight.
  • Great job by Cora in the fourth to emulate Jimmy Rollins' take-out slide from last night.? However, Greg Dobbs set a new record for distance from second on a slide in the fifth inning. I always thought the runner had to be somewhere near the bag, unreal.
  • Utley called time in the sixth inning, and Pelfrey didn't like his timing. Pelf seemed pretty angry over the next couple pitches, so David Wright wisely came in to settle him down.
  • Jeremy Reed is an excellent defensive replacement.
Tim Redding faces off against Jamie Moyer in the rubber game of the series tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.
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On February 12th, I posted about my campaign to raise money this season for the American Cancer Society in honor of the five year anniversary of my father's passing due to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

For every home run the New York Mets hit this season, I will be donating $5 to the ACS.

As a quick update, I have already raised nearly $2,600, due mostly in part to members of the Metsblog community, and for that I am extremely grateful.

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With the 72nd overall pick in the MLB draft yesterday, the Mets selected fellow Long Island native Steven Matz out of Ward Melville High School.

The official Mets press release at Mets.com gives more info on Matz, as well as their second pick, 21-year old Robert Shields.

At Mets Today, they write, "The Mets need all the young arms they can find, and Steven Matz would provide both a legit talent and a good story to follow."

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According to Philly.com, Phillies closer Brad Lidge was placed on the disabled list due to a sprained right knee.

The move is retroactive to June 7th.

Lidge is 0-3 this season with 13 saves and a 7.27 ERA.? He has also blown six save opportunities thus far after being a perfect 41 for 41 last season.

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The Mets have started to inform participants in the Subway Series ticket lottery whether or not they have been given the opportunity to purchase tickets to the June 26-28 series at Citi Field.

I received the following e-mail:

"Thank you for participating in the online random drawing for the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Subway Series at Citi Field. We are sorry to inform you that your entry was not selected in this drawing."
There is also an auction for tickets at Mets.com.

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Following a loss to the Pirates on Thursday, Carlos Beltran expressed his disappointment by saying, among other things, "I know the Pirates are?a big-league team, but we?re better than them."

As a reply yesterday, Adam LaRoche said, "I think it shows zero class and zero professionalism. When somebody says that, they know what they're saying, and they know it's going to get out. He knows we're not going to be real happy about it. If you go and say that to your buddies, it's one thing. If you go to the media and make that public for us to hear? Yeah, that's no class."

Today, at David Lennon's blog for Newsday, he forwards Beltran's retort, "Being honest, I don't care what he said. I believe we're better than them."

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In a "humorous" article for SI.com, Jeff Pearlman thinks that the Mets have a ghost cursing them, which could not be avoided by replacing Shea Stadium with Citi Field.

Pearlman writes, "Yes, the Metropolitans had spent most of their 4 1/2 decades living under his reign, relinquishing leads and hope with staggering regularity and employing as their mascot an inane big-headed baseball."

...ok, fair enough, maybe it is a ghost, but ghosts can be exorcised, just ask the 2004 red sox...in reality, the team has been riddled by injuries in what seems to be a perfect storm...whether or not they can rebound from this is yet to be seen, but if they can find their way into the playoffs, anything can happen...

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At Baseball Like It Oughta Be, Butchuskey live blogged his experience at yesterday's Pirates game, writing, "11:15: As I pay for my food, the cashier notices my Mets garb and says, "Beautiful stadium, isn?t it?" I nod my head in agreement. She takes a deep breath, and says, "Hopefully they?ll get a team soon."

The guys at Mets Merized Online not that it will only get tougher from here on out based on the Mets' schedule, and in another post, they track Jose Reyes' injury progression.

With Reyes out, Brooklyn Met Fan says this may mean "certain disaster" for the Mets.

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If you were wondering who the cheery guys in blue suits are at Mets games, check out TheMattsTv.com, and their interview with Duaner Sanchez.

The Legend of Cecilio Guante reveals photos of David Wright, who apparently enjoys licking his bat before stepping out of the dugout.

?no comment, too easy?

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Regis Courtemanche: Despite the team being hampered by injuries, the Mets continue to find ways to win and have only lost one game in their last six.? I asked the MetsBlog crew what they most attribute this to.

Michael Baron: Despite a lot of sloppy defense, the team is doing a lot of little things right.? They steal a ton of bases, which puts them in position to score, and they have been executing bunts and general situational hitting to move runners from second to third, and it doesn't take a superstar to do those things.? Of course Wright and Beltran hitting atleast .350 helps too.? It also helps when they get good starting pitching, which is the foundation of any team's success.? Pelfrey and Maine have rebounded nicely, and Livan has also been great lately.? I think it's amazing that when Santana is not at his best, he is still better than most in that he has an ability to fight and grit it out.? He is really amazing to watch.

Mike Nichols: Right, the pitching has been a huge factor in the Mets weathering their injuries of late.? Since Carlos Delgado was put on the disabled list on May 11, the Mets have a team ERA of 3.65 and have allowed three earned runs or less in 10 of their last 16 games.? By the way, the Mets are 20-7 when their starter goes?six plus innings, and 6-13 when they do not.? As Michael mentioned, Wright and Beltran have put this team on their back offensively, but it would be a slight if we did not mention Gary Sheffield's reemergence.? Sheffield has stepped up and become the middle-of-the-order presence the Mets needed him to be once Delgado went on the shelf.? In his last 17 games, Sheffield is batting .400 with?four HR, 15 RBI and 18 runs scored, while raising his average from .191 to .295.

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Update, 11:00 pm:

Regis was eliminated after misspelling Babineaux.

For details and pictures, go here.

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According to Jon Heyman at SI.com, a trade for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez may happen, but would warrant a lot in order to occur.

Heyman writes:

"Gonzalez, who is tied for the major league lead with 17 home runs despite playing half his games in that pitchers haven, PETCO Park, might actually bring back more even than Haren or Teixeira."

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According to a Phillies press release, The May 3rd Phillies versus Mets game, which was postponed due to rain, has been rescheduled as part of a day-night separate admission doubleheader on Sunday, September 13 at 8:05 p.m.

Fans with tickets for the May 3 game can use those tickets for the rescheduled night game on September 13.

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