— Days Without Shea —

Alou-thumbIt wasn’t pretty but the Mets held on to beat the Marlins today 7–6 in extra innings.

We head back to Shea with the magic number at 5. The Phillies lost to the Nationals and are now 2.5 back in the NL East.

A couple of clutch home runs by Lo Duca (int he 4th) and Dealgado (in the 8th) accounted for five of the Mets seven runs.

The bullpen was once again inconsistent. With a 6–3 lead Heilman came into the 8th and gave back two of the runs. Bad Back Billy then gave up a leadoff HR to Uggla in the 9th to tie the score.

Last week, we talked about Maine’s mental lapses in the 5th inning. Today the third was his downfall. He gave up two runs but settled in to stave off more damage.

And Alou hit in his 27th straight game, establishing once and for all the Mets team record. On April 19th, David Wright technically passed Hubie Brooks for the team record but that was over two seasons; even Wright didn’t count it. Alou also now has the 2007 MLB record.

So the team comes homw for the last stretch of the regular season. Their status:

* Alou has to stay healthy.

* Beltran slammed into the wall again today to make a great catch, then left the game. His knee is badly beaten up. Chavez should get a start or two.

* Milledge is unavailable for two more days as he serves his suspension. Marlon Anderson will probably be unavailable for two games (maybe less) after he appeals his suspension.

* Wagner says he’s fine now but he didn’t pitch that way today.

* Delgado has looked good in his return.

* The Mets have Pelfrey, Glavine, Humber and Pedro scheduled to pitch the next 4 days. Wednesday’s game will be Phillip Humber’s first career start. Could he be pitching for the NL East crown that night? Only if the Mets win Monday and Tuesday and the Phils lose Tuesday and Wednesday.

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