ANALYSIS: The circumstances dictate the earliest the Mets can clinch is Friday in Pittsburgh. And, they can do it with Pedro Martinez on the mound. He does have a flair for being in the right place at the right time. I would have liked to have seen them do it tonight with Tom Glavine, who unfairly always gets pushed aside by attention paid Martinez.
NOTES: Lastings Milledge played right and made two good catches and had two hits. Later, he said he’s trying to get on the postseason roster. It’s a toss up now. Like I said earlier, if Cliff Floyd is hurting that enhances his chances. … The Mets have come from behind to win 36 times this season. … The Mets will spend most of their day off in Miami, then fly to Pittsburgh in the early evening.