September 2006

Mets 84-50 after 134 played

BelThose who question whether Carlos Beltran should be MVP over Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard ought to watch his game-saving catch last night — just adds another element to his game others don’t have. It was Carlos’ glove and bat (1-for-4, two runs scored), along with a great return from Cliff Floyd (1-for-3, two RBIs) and yet another solid outing from John Maine that lifted the Mets to their second in Houston, a satisfying 4-2 win on Saturday.

The win, combined with the Phillies’ loss in the opener of a double header with the Braves, dipped the Mets magic number to a teeny …

12.

That’s over the Phils, with the Braves at 13.  The Nationals can be
eliminated as soon as Sunday, with their tragic number at 2.

While other Mets favorites donned No. 12 in their Mets careers — Ron Darling and John Stearns among them — today we’ll recognize one of the men of the hour: Willie Randolph, who wore No. 12 during his lone year with the Mets, in 1992.

And on that catch by Beltran, by the way — Say what you will about New Yorkers those of you in Houston, at least we have class.

Mets 83-50 after 133 played

PointYes, ladies, you have it correct, David Wright’s all that and a bag of chips. He’s back to being a key bat in a game every night again, going 2-for-3 Driday with the go-ahead hit as part of a three-RBI night. Tom Glavine, while imperfect, was back on the hill and it’s a good sight to see. As was the 8-7 comeback final posted in Houston that sank the Mets magic number to …

14.

That’s for the late, great Gil Hodges, who’ll one day get his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame.

The Phillies were idle, with Ernesto’s remains blasting across the East Coast. They’re supposed to play two on Saturday, but who knows if they’ll get one in.  The Nats’ tragic number is down to three, so the Mets can in fact eliminate D.C. on Saturday.

The lead over the Phillies is now at 16 games in the division.

Mets 82-50 after 132 played

A sweep sure would have been satisfying, but the job — as far as getting closer to the playoffs — got done regardless on Thursday night, when the Mets fell in the Rockies finale, 8-4, in a game that formally may have marked the end of David Wright’s second-half slump. And we have the Nats pulling one out late over Philly to thank for it, thus edging the Mets’ magic number ever so downward to …

15.

It’s a very magical number in Mets lore — not only did Ron Darling made it look wonderful on his back, but Carlos Beltran is in the process of making it a historic one for the Mets.

As the Mets enter September, they have 32 games remaining. An 18-14 month would seal 100 wins.