— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on September 20 at 9:16AM

AlouMoises Alou gave the Heimlich Maneuver to the choking Mets last night, and helped end the team’s 5–game losing streak with an 8–4 win over the pesky Nationals.

Alou played through the pain of a strained quad, which forced him out of Tuesday’s game. Moises amassed three hits and an RBI before leaving in the 7th.

This was the kind of leadership performance we needed. The veterans and Wright are showing some fight now.

And Pelfrey did the job, pitching 5 innings of 3 run ball, walking three and striking out 4 while giving up 9 hits. The numbers may not sound great, but this was Pelfrey’s best outing of the season (as much as that’s worth). He’s now won 3 in a row and is looking like a major leaguer.

The Phils lost 2–1 in yet another extra inning game, so we’re 2.5 up in the NL East. The magic number is 9, with 11 games left in the season.

One win does not cure all ills, however. The Mets still played sloppy, commiting three errors. Beltan booted a ball when he lazily tried to pick up a single with one hand. That allowed the lead runner to go to third and eventually score. Carlos did the same exact thing last Wednesday against the Braves.

Reyes did go 2–4, a good sign.

Tonight we’re in Florida. Glavine vs. Willis. The Marlins moved Dontrelle back a day to face us. Willis may be having a terrible year but he loves pitching against the Mets. In 17 career appearances, he is 11–3, with a 2.39 ERA. The Phillies, meanwhile, head to Washington. Manny Acta better play as hard against the Phils as he did against us.

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