For now. Last night, with a chance to lose their way into a tie with the Expos, the Mets pulled a victory out of their hat, winning 3-2 (box score). Now, when the Mets leave Montreal, they won't be in last. Depending on how they play today, they might even be three games out of last. Oh, the joy in Mudville!
The win was no cakewalk though. Mike Piazza won the game for the Mets in the 8th inning when he hit a two-out single that scored Gerald Williams. Braden Looper worked a perfect 9th for his second save since August 14th and his 26th overall. Steve Trachsel, the starter for the Mets, pitched 6 innings and gave up two runs in the no decision.
If you're curious about the sorry state of the Mets right now, this information from the Daily News about sums it up:
Among last night's starters, only Trachsel and Piazza were on the Opening Day roster. The entire infield - Craig Brazell (first major-league start), Jeff Keppinger, Wilson Delgado and David Wright - spent the bulk of the year in the minors.
On the plus side, Mike Piazza will be on The Apprentice tonight, Jose Reyes is on his way to returning as is Kaz Matsui.