2006_04_smetslogo.jpgAs far as painful losses go, the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Phillies Tuesday ranks near the top of the list. To lose when Aaron Heilman threw away a swinging bunt with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth would be bad enough. Add in that the rally started with two out and no one on. Then remember Carlos Delgado's home run that had just brought the Mets even in the top of the ninth. Throw in that Tuesday's game marked the first time the Mets lost when Pedro Martinez started. To top it off, it came against the Phillies, who could prove the stiffest competition for the Mets this year in their division.

Then take a deep breath, and remember it's only May. Martinez's winning streak wasn't going to last all season. Neither was Duaner Sanchez's scoreless streak, which the Phillies snapped by scoring off him in the eighth inning. The Mets get two more cracks at the Phillies, and they'd only feel lousy if they leave town after being swept. Tom Glavine starts Wednesday against Corey Lidle.