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The most sought after player at this trade deadline will be none other than outfielder, Carlos Beltran. The 34-year-old is having his best season since 2008, clubbing 13 HRs with 58 RBIs at the break. Defensively, Beltran has posted a UZR of 4.0, one of the top marks among right fielders. Beltran will have roughly six million dollars remaining on his contract when the July 31st deadline hits, so expect Sandy Alderson to field numerous calls. It’s no secret that the San Francisco Giants are interested in Beltran, but here are four other destinations that the switch hitting All-Star could land.

Carlos Loves The Fans

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With the All Star Break underway, the New York Mets are one game above .500 at 46-45 on the season, and trail the wild card leading Atlanta Braves by 7.5 games. The Mets have certainly exceeded expectations thus far in 2011, as most fans would’ve expected them to be way out of the playoff run at this point in the season. Now, this doesn’t mean Mets fans should get crazy excited about making a push for October baseball. Three of the team’s four starting infielders (David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jose Reyes) are currently on the disabled list, and will probably make their return after the trade deadline. But, regardless, the Mets have played very nice baseball over the first 91 games of the season, and I’m going to evaluate the areas that deserve the most credit.

Terry Collins deserves much of the credit for a winning baseball team in Queens.

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Scott Hairston broke a 2-2 tie in the 9th inning with a pinch-hit solo shot off Brian Wilson, and the Mets took the first game of this weekend series.  The Mets’ record now improves to 46-43.  They are now 11-5 over their last 16 games, and 5-1 since Jose Reyes went down.

R.A. Dickey found himself in yet another pitcher’s duel, this one with Ryan Vogelsong.  Down 1-0 in the 4th, Angel Pagan put the Mets ahead with a 2-run homer over the massive right field wall.  A Nate Schierholtz solo shot (into McCovery Cove) in the 6th knotted the game up until the 9th.

Save #23 was a pretty easy one (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Mets are three games over .500 for the first time in the 2011 season. Much of this is a result of strong pitching out of Jonathon Niese and the bullpen and some clutch scoring in today’s game. Ruben Tejada came up with a huge two-run double to put the Mets up 4-1 in the 6th inning. Both Parnell and K-Rod pitched scoreless innings in relief of Niese to lead the Mets to a 5-3 victory.

 

Tejada slams a 2-RBI double. My Binghamton guy...

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Chris Capuano pitched 6 solid innings, and the Mets scored 4 of their 5 runs with 2 outs to get the win.  Tonight’s win moves both Capuano’s (8-7) and the Mets’ season record (43-42) to a game above .500.

The Dodgers took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to RBI singles by James Loney in the 2nd and 4th innings.  But the Mets were able to strike back against Dodgers starter Rubby De La Rosa, who no-hit them for the first 5 innings.  They took a 3-2 lead in the 6th thanks to RBI doubles from Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran, and Daniel Murphy.  RBI singles by Jason Bay and Lucas Duda in the 8th provided the final score, as the Mets bullpen finished the game by tossing 3 shutout innings.

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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Bartolo Colon pitched like it was 2005 all over again. The Mets couldn’t touch him up for any runs through six innings. The Yankees, however, got to Dillon Gee in the 6th inning, scoring four runs to put them up 4-0. It was all downhill from there as the Mets fall 5-2, dropping their third straight game.

 

Jose Reyes felt tightness in his left hamstring after this play in the 1st inning and left the game .

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Eduardo Nunez led the way for the Yanks with a 4-4 day at the plate, as they beat the Mets in front of a sellout Citi Field crowd.  The win bumps the Yankees’ record to 49-31, while the Mets fall back to .500 (41-41).

Maybe it was nerves, or maybe they were just due for a stinker after their hot streak, but the Mets looked shaky all around from my view up in Section 515.  They made a bunch of mistakes that the Yankees pounced on: from bad fielding (Daniel Murphy dropped a routine throw that led to a run in the 8th) to bad baserunning (Jose Reyes got thrown out at 3rd on a crucial play in the 7th — more on this a little later) to bad situational hitting (the Mets were 2-10 with RISP.  One of those hits came in the 9th with 2 outs, and the game pretty much already decided by then).

The Yanks jumped all over Jon Niese early — 4 of the first 5 batters got base hits, and it was 3-0 before the Mets had a chance to bat.  But Niese settled down after that and allowed no more runs.  Ivan Nova put guys on in his 5 innings of work (7 hits and 2 walks), but pitched out of his jams effectively, only allowing 1 run.

Derek Who? (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets looked fatigued from their previous two victories in Detroit. Justin Verlander wasn’t even at his best and pitched seven strong innings. A couple of solo homers off the bats of Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran were all the runs the Mets offense scored.

 

Beltran and Murphy both homered in Thursday’s matinee.

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With the bases loaded in the 13th inning, Justin Turner was hit in the thigh by a Brad Ziegler pitch, and the Mets escaped with a win.  The win bumps their record up to 36-38 on the year.

Starters R.A. Dickey and Gio Gonzalez were on their A-games tonight, allowing only a run apiece.  They combined for 15 innings and allowed a total of 7 hits, while striking out 17.  Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Jose Reyes came up huge with a one-out triple, which was then followed by a Justin Turner RBI single.  The Citi Field faithful were ready to celebrate with Francisco Rodriguez coming in for the save.

The A’s, however, had other plans.  With 2 outs and 2 strikes, Conor Jackson stroked a single off K-Rod to drive in Coco Crisp and prolong the night.  Innings 10-12 featured mainly clutch pitching and very solid defense to preserve the 2-2 tie.  In those innings, the teams totaled 9 baserunners, without any of them coming around to score.

Yep. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The Angels’ bats battered Mets starter Jon Niese early to cruise to the win in Sunday’s rubber game.  The loss drops the Mets to 35-37, and it their first series loss since May 27-29 (Phillies).

The difference in the game was the starting pitchers.  Angels starter Tyler Chatwood pitched 7 shutout innings for the win, while Niese gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in only 4 innings of work.  The heavy damage in the game came in the 2nd inning.  With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the inning, Erick Aybar tripled to clear the bases and give the Halos a 4-0 lead.  The Angels plated individual runs in innings 5-7 to push the lead to 7-0.  The Mets then scored 3 runs off the bats of Jose Reyes, Justin Turner, and Carlos Beltran in the 9th to save some face.

The look says it all (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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