ANALYSIS: This one was pretty easy to understand. Dave Williams gave up nine runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth, and Mets’ pitching gave up a season-high 20 hits. “The line shows itself. When you get beat that bad you have to shake it off,” said Williams, who after four straight solid starts Williams was entitled to a sinker. Barring the unforeseen, Williams doesn’t figure to make the postseason roster anyway.
NOTES: Carlos Beltran hit his 40th homer of the season. The club mark is 41 set by Todd Hundley in 1996. … Jose Valentin’s errorless streak ended after 60 games. … The 16 runs and five homers given up by Mets’ pitching tied season-highs.
HONORING 9/11: I spoke with Joe Girardi and Omar Minaya before the game and both said if the scheduling logistics could be worked out it would be a nice idea for the Mets and Yankees to play one of their interleague games on Sept. 11 each year. Willie Randolph, however, was cool to the idea, saying while you will never forget you have to move on.
ON-DECK: Oliver Perez (3-11, 6.58) for the Mets vs. Josh Johnson (12-7, 3.20).
COMING UP: In tomorrow’s Journal News and on lohud.com, I’ll have a piece on the NL Manager of the Year competition, which should come down to Randolph and Girardi.