METS: Your club is not the same one that struggled mightily in the months of April, May and June. The Mets are now 18-5 in their last 23 at Shea and have won nine of 10 overall. … The 71-57 record is obviously the high-water mark of the year, but don’t look now. The Mets are now just two games behind Milwaukee for the second-best mark in the NL. They passed the idle Cardinals by a half-game.
CARLOS DELGADO: Your favorite pariah (at one point) continues to be the savior. His 5 for 5 tonight was just the second of his career, the other coming on May 7, 1998. To put that into proper perspective, I was in high school at the time. Now I’m a married man with a mortgage. Things change. … Delgado is now batting .321 with 12 HR, 13 2B, 39 RBI and 30 R since July 1st. Wow. That’s over just 32 games. If you project that over 162 games, here’s the pace Delgado is on: .321, 61 HR, 182 RBI, 152 R.
One word: Ruthian.
LUIS AYALA: I asked Luis tonight if this is an opportunity to salvage a lost season. After all, the guy went 1-8 and basically lost his value to the Nats, who traded for a player who can’t hit above .200 in the minors, let alone the majors. Here’s what Ayala, a soft-spoken guy, had to say: “I just take it day by day. I have to focus on the present. You don’t worry about how you played yesterday.” … Not exactly Plato, but that’s a good approach for someone in his position. Manuel is clearly giving him a shot.
JOSE REYES: Someone asked Jerry Manuel if he knew Philly had lost. He said Reyes had pointed out the info on the scoreboard to a few players in the dugout and Manuel had gotten wind of it. This occurred just after David Wright’s double with one out in the ninth. … Talk about a decent couple minutes for the Mets.
That’s all. I’ll have more tomorrow on Carlos Delgado, who has developed into a leader in more ways than one.