NOTES: Carlos Beltran tied his career highs in homers (38) and RBI (108) and reached the 200-homer milestone. “I hear them. It’s great,” he said about the MVP chanting. Beltran and Carlos Delgado connected in the same game for the tenth time this year. … Endy Chavez tied a career high with four hits and Willie Randolph said he’s the Mets’ MVP in a “lot of ways.” … The bullpen has given up two earned runs in its last 23.2 innings.
ANALYSIS: On the plus side, Oliver Perez struck out seven and showed a live arm. On the down side, he walked five, including the opposing pitcher to set up a big inning. He also hung an 0-and-2 slider Ryan Howard slammed. Lefthanded arms like his will always get a chance. He needs to stop fooling around and start using his hard stuff. He’s a work in progress.