KEEP AN EYE ON: Dave Williams gets his third start tonight. He’s a lefty and said, “I’m auditioning for next year.” The Mets are also looking at him as a possible long man on the playoff roster. Williams is at his best when he works fast and maintains a steady pace.
NOTES: Julio Franco took ground balls at third and second base this afternoon, long before batting practice. … The Mets traded for backup catcher Mike Nickeas for outfielder Victor Diaz. Yup, that Victor Diaz, who was supposed to play a lot this year in the outfield. … If he was able to catch a flight out of Florida, Cliff Floyd will be in Brooklyn tonight for a rehab game. … We’re expecting Willie Randolph to announce his rotation for the Houston series today.