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For the second straight night versus the Padres, the Mets came from behind to win against the best bullpen in the National League. They move back above .500, at 58-57, and still remain nine games behind the Atlanta Braves for the wild card.

 

New York Mets' Angel Pagan runs the bases with his home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in New York, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.

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The Mets now have more starters out of the opening day lineup than they do in it after today’s loss. Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy both left the game with injuries as Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 28 games in the win for Atlanta.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves follows through on a ninth inning RBI single against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 7, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 6-5.

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The wheels have officially fallen off for the 2011 New York Mets. For a surprising four months, the Mets played good baseball despite injuries and trades that left the starting nine in shambles. The calendar turned to August and the Metropolitans have crumbled like they do every year. With tonight’s loss the Mets fall below .500 at 55-56.

New York Mets' David Wright hits an RBI double off of Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Citi Field in New York.

Wright staring down his double in some hideous blue uni’s

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No Beltran, no problem, at least for now. New York won its fourth straight game to complete their first four game sweep of the Reds in team history. The win moves the Mets to 54-51.

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 28:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates after the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 at Great American Ball Park on July 28, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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In the first game after the trade of Carlos Beltran, the offense was able to score eight runs with 11 hits as the Mets won their third straight game in Cincinnati. They’ll go for the four game sweep tomorrow. New York is now 53-51 on the season.

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs watches a three-run home run hit by New York Mets' David Wright in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Cincinnati. New York won 8-2.

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Angel Pagan made up for some lazy plays in the outfield with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th. The Mets won 6-5 and have won the first two games of the series against St. Louis. The Mets move to 48-47, once again, slightly over the .500 mark.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets hits a fifth inning two run double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 19, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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The Mets bounced back from last night’s loss and pounded the Phillies this afternoon 11-2. Scott Hairston led the offense as Carlos Beltran got the day off, and Jonathon Niese pitched well in opposition of Cole Hamels.

New York Mets batter Scott Hairston follows through his swing as he hits a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York, July 16, 2011.

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The New York Mets offense has fallen back to expectations, and for the second night in a row, New York got a solid effort from the starting pitcher but were unable to put anything together at the plate. Without David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Ike Davis, it’s a feat that the Mets are even above .500 entering the All Star Break.

This was a game the Mets never win. With a chance to make a statement on national television heading into the break, the Mets failed to win a series after taking the first game of the weekend set. Mike Pelfrey pitched solidly, giving the Mets six innings, allowing only two runs. He even struck out the side to end his night, but it wasn’t enough tonight.

As a team, New York was unable to do what they have been doing all season, plating runners while in scoring position. New York was also sloppy in the field, committing two errors, and a should be error by Lucas Duda.

Jonathon Niese made his first career relief appearance, for which I have no idea why, and recorded exactly one out. The Mets head into the All Star Break at 46-45, one game above .500. I did not expect the Mets to be anywhere near the .500 mark at the All Star Break, but they’ve played tough.

Unfortunately, without Reyes, Wright, Davis, and Santana, the Mets probably won’t be within 15 games of the wild card by the end of August.

The real Jason Bay showed up last night and Carlos Beltran continues to show why he is an All-Star as the Mets used three home runs to power themselves past the Dodgers 6-0. They move to 44-42 on the season, but remain 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the Wild Card Race.

New York Mets' Jason Bay watches his home run off New York Mets pitcher Ted Lilly in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

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The Mets played eight and two thirds of non-inspirational baseball this afternoon in Flushing. That being said, the Mets found a way to score a run in the 9th inning against Mariano Rivera to earn a victory and avoid the sweep against the cross-town rivals.NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets is mobbed by teamates after hitting a walk off game winning single in the tenth inning against the New York Yankees on July 3, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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