Mets Rumors & News
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The Mets saw their magic number shrink to 4 last night, once again no thanks to the team on the field. When the final score in Philadelphia – a 10-6 Atlanta win – flashed on Shea’s scoreboard, the Stadium faithful celebrated with a boisterous tomahawk chop in honor of their new strange bedfellows. It was the sort of display usually reserved at Shea for derisive gloating in lopsided victories over the hated Braves. But the victories have been few and far between for Mets fans, and these days a Phillies’ loss must substitute for the joy usually elicited from Amazin’ wins. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

In the Post today, Mike Puma states, “Only five more moral victories stand between the Mets and the NL East title…” In fact, last night the Mets seized moral victory from the jaws of humiliating defeat, storming back from a 10-3 9th-inning deficit to score six runs in the game’s final frame. After the game, catcher Paul Lo Duca characterized the loss as “tough to sleep on,” while David Wright voiced his disgust for “psychological victories.” Nevertheless, the Mets gave their fans something to cheer for last night, and that is significant, even if the players don’t want to admit it.

The team’s frustrated and fearful fanbase has been so dead during the first two games of this final homestand, even SNY’s broadcast team has been forced to acknowledge the morose atmosphere in the building. For one inning at least, the team was able to restore some juice to Shea Stadium, an essential ingredient to any 2007 postseason run. Said Moises Alou, who tallied four hits on the evening and extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 29 games:

“You always want to look at the positive. The last half of the game we played like the kind of team we really are. We can’t keep depending on Philadelphia losing. … Damn, it would have been nice if we got that win today.”

Damn, it would have been nice. But damn, it was nice to see the team refuse to rollover for a change. The Mets have held first place since May 16th. It’s time to pick up some steam and take it to the finish line.

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