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The Mets are never too far from the .500 mark, but they enjoyed a 3-1 win over San Diego at Shea on Tuesday. Chris Woodward hit a game-winning home run in the 11th inning, and the Mets took the first game of the three-game set. Given the Mets' almost perverse attraction to their .500 winning percentage, Gothamist wouldn't be surprised to see the Mets lose Wednesday and then split the remaining four games of their homestand.

Tuesday's win wasn't as uneventful as the Mets' season promises to be. Mike Piazza was finally dropped in the order, and David Wright, who has been the best hitter in Queens this season, moved into his fifth spot. Willie Randolph still thinks that Jose Reyes and his .280s OBP should be hitting leadoff, but Gothamist has to assume he's not one of our readers, or he would have changed that by now. The Mets would have been better off with Kris Benson, Tuesday's starting pitcher, batting first. Benson's arm has been better than his bat, but it is the tepid Mets' lineup that will keep them from gaining any ground in the mediocre NL East. That and their magnetic attraction to even records.

Photo by AP/Julie Jacobson via ESPN