Mets Extend NL East Lead to 7 Games

Wow.

Take a look at my last post then this one. The Mets have taken a 7 game lead over both Philadelphia and Atlanta, who both lost tonight following the Mets win earlier today.

The Mets are finally pulling away in the division that seemed so tight as late as earlier this month. Obviously, the goal is to get the farthest you can in the season with the largest lead you can manage.

It’s time to think about resting Wagner more than usual. He admitted that he’s at a dead-arm period and needs some rest, which he received today as Aaron Heilman picked up the save. It really isn’t anything to worry about. I think the Mets should limit Wagner’s appearances to about 2-per-week until about mid-September, then get him going again so he has momentum for the playoffs.

“It happens to everybody,” Wagner said. “It’s something that just kind of comes up, so you just take a day.”

It may take longer. The closer, who has been great this year minus the past few appearances, said he wouldn’t decide about his availability until he arrived at the park on Sunday, leaving open the possibility that he could miss several days.
“I could go, but we’ve got guys in the bullpen who can go out there and do that job,” Wagner said. “Once in a while, it’s good to take a blow.”

If this lead keeps growing, the Mets might as well let Pedro Martinez make another rehab start and take his time. He is pitching in Port St Lucie on Monday, and possibly making another rehab start before joining the Mets. If he does make another rehab start, it’ll most likely be in Binghamton.

With today’s win, the Mets won the series against the Dodgers. The Mets have a road trip upcoming, which many would say it would be difficult since it is against division rivals, but those division rivals have been doing so horrible lately, that it shouldn’t be a problem. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the Mets have the best road record in the major leagues (38-26), which is better than their home record (35-29).

Also to note, Carlos Delgado broke an 0-19 slump with a 2-RBI single that helped the Mets beat the Dodgers today

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