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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Harris: Ya Gotta Believe

By Adam Rubin

Willie Harris offered a familiar Mets mantra Wednesday: Ya Gotta Believe!

Harris told teammates pregame in the training room that the Mets could rally to make the playoffs, then knock out Carlos Beltran's San Francisco Giants in October.

"I mean, how cool would that be?" Harris asked. "We trade our best hitter and then we send him home. That would be pretty cool. We keep playing good, we might sneak in there. Who knows?"

Atlanta beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in extra innings for the second straight night Wednesday, meaning the Mets trail the wild-card-leading Braves by 7 games. The Mets are 53-51, with 58 games remaining in the regular season. (Teams have overcome that deficit in fewer games, you may recall.)

Terry Collins credited the Mets' tenacity and resolve after they posted an 8-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

"There's a lot of guys in that room that have tremendous respect for Carlos Beltran. Still do. Always will," Collins said. "Today could have been a disappointing day for us. They just picked themselves up."

Harris, incidentally, plans to join the Twitter world Thursday with the assistance of Justin Turner (@redturn2).