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NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets watches the flight of his fifth inning home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

Watching the Mets the last few days has been nothing short of excellent. They have been firing on all cylinders, and with today’s win, they now have taken six straight and they stand alone in first place in the NL East.

The Mets have been taking it to the Pirates, who have now lost 11 of their last 12 games, and we may have witnessed the end of a couple of slumps, as well as the continuing of one unbelievable hot streak.

Jose Reyes drove in three runs, although he didn’t hit the ball all that hard to get his hits. I am sure he will take it, and as Gary Cohen said during the broadcast, he would much rather be lucky than good. Another guy who may have needed the solid game even more than Reyes was Gary Sheffield, and he held up his end of the bargain with a couple of hits and an RBI as well. Sheffield may be battling to keep his job if he doesn’t start producing on a consistent basis.

John Maine sure was solid. He pitched six innings and only allowed one earned run. Paul Maholm got the one big blow against him, hitting his first major league homer over the Modells sign in right field. Besides that one mistake, Maine was spot on, and he even cracked a smile during the game, which is even more of a news story.

Tomorrow, the Mets will try to do something that they often cannot do, which is sweep a three game series. Livan Hernandez will go for the Metropolitans, and Ian Snell will go for the Bucs. I hate to be the one to break it to the fans, but they will lose at some point. However, I think there’s a pretty good chance that they will win tomorrow. Time will tell.

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