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Yesterday's game was a miserable one to lose. Tom Glavine pitched half-respectably, and Willie Randolph clearly was too busy eating a Subway Double-Play Sub with Joe Torre to pay much attention to his lineup card, as he played Miguel Cairo, Chris Woodward, and Ramon Castro all on the same day. I'm a big Victor Diaz fan, but even playing him over Floyd is a big dropoff.

Yet, despite all of these factors working against the Mets, they managed to hang in there just long enough for Mike DeJean to continue his inevitable regression towards the mean. I shudder and seize whenever DeJean or Braden Looper enter a close game nowadays. Mike Cameron is on fire since coming off of the disabled list last week, which presents the oft-debated dichotomy: do the Mets (a) trade him while he his smoking hot, or (b) hold on to him and bask in his warm glowing warming glow.

Playing Chris Woodward at first base is a tragedy of biblical proportions. Despite being a pretty good athlete, Woodward is utterly clueless with regards to playing first base even adequately. On several occasions yesterday Woodward made ridiculous decisions that directly or indirectly led to the Brewers scoring runs. Not to mention the fact that he can't hit a lick and I almost long for the days of good ole Joe McEwing (I can't believe I just wrote that).

Making matters worse, the Mets' failure to secure the series sweep yesterday bumps them another game behind the Braves, who despite only having two above-average hitters in the lineup and nary a starting pitcher with a K/9 better than 5 continue to steamroll the rest of the National League.

In other news, I have an article up at MetsGeek.com entitled Top 10 Mets Batter Seasons: 6-10, which is the first part of a two-part series of the best offensive seasons ever by a New York Met, at least according to Win Shares.

I also answered a few questions about the Mets for the boys at Cub Town, a Baseball Toaster site.

Check out both if you get the chance.