2006_04_smetslogo.jpgAfter stumbling through the last two games of the series against the rival Braves, the Mets must have had a long flight to San Diego Wednesday afternoon. For a while, it looked like Thursday night's 7-2 win over the Padres would feel long also. The Mets could only manage a Kaz Matsui inside-the-park home run (which could have been caught by Padre rightfielder Brian Giles) off Jake Peavy. Once Peavy left in the 8th, the Mets woke up. Julio Franco became the oldest player to hit a home run. His two run shot put the Mets up 3-2, and they cruised.

Not all is well with the Mets, though. Carlos Beltran, limited by an injury last year, removed himself with a tight hamstring in the fifth. Even an underachieving Beltran is worlds better than Endy Chavez, his replacement so far this year. Gothamist can only hope this rocks some sense into manager Willy Randolph for his batting order. David Wright might be an MVP if he didn't hit fifth. Slot him in the three-spot, and Beltran in the two, bumping Paul LoDuca to the bottom part of the order, where he belongs. Since Beltran will stay off the DL for now, any lineup shuffle will ilkely be temporary.