WHAT IT MEANS: That depends on the severity of Carlos Beltran's lower-leg injury, which cast a bit of a pall over the Mets’ rubber-game win over the Braves. If Beltran’s in the lineup on Tuesday in Milwaukee, the Mets have dodged a bullet. If he’s out for an extended period of time, Beltran will just be the next big-name Met to hit the disabled list.
Beltran left Sunday night’s game in the bottom of the second after fouling a Tim Hudson fastball off of his right shin. X-Rays came back negative and Beltran is listed as day-to-day with a right leg contusion.
His health had been one of the few pleasant surprises of the Mets’ season.
The veteran right fielder was expected to sit periodically to protect his chronically injured knees. But he’d played in 56 of the Mets’ first 58 games without injury. Until Sunday night.
METS GET OFFENSIVE: Aside from Beltran’s injury, things went pretty well for the Mets. Jose Reyes had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and his runs scored streak to nine, tying a career-high. Justin Turner picked up another RBI -- his 21st in the past 21 games -- and Ruben Tejada drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to drive in the Mets’ sixth run.
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DICKEY GETS IT DONE: R.A. Dickey didn’t seem to be impeded by the partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. In his second start since suffering the injury, Dickey went eight innings for the Mets, allowing one run on four hits, walking one and striking out three. His lone mistake came in the top of the seventh, when he allowed a solo homer to Brian McCann.
NOT BAY’S DAY: A day after he was moved out of the cleanup spot, struggling Mets’ slugger Jason Bay was given the day off. Bay is batting just .216 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 37 games this season. He was moved down to the No. 6 spot in the batting order on Saturday. Bay hasn’t homered in 66 at-bats, and is hitting .171 with runners in scoring position.
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K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez came in to shut the door after Manny Acosta allowed the first two hitters he faced in the ninth to reach base. He put a scare in the Citi Field crowd by allowing a three-run homer to Diory Hernandez. But he eventually shut the door to finish his 23rd game of the season. K-Rod is on track for 63 games finished, eight more than the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: After finishing their ten-game homestand an even 5-5, the Mets take Monday off and then embark on a 10-game, 10-day road trip. It begins with a three-game set in Milwaukee, where Collins hopes Bay can find his swing. Former Brewer Chris Capuano (3-6, 5.19 ERA) returns to his old stomping grounds to start the first game of the Milwaukee series on Tuesday. He will face Shaun Marcum (6-2, 2.78).