Dave Williams started for New York and allowed three runs in seven innings, winning his second decision in three starts since being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. He was sent down to Norfolk in a procedural move after the game, though he'll return to start on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.
The victory gave the Mets the best record in baseball at 82-49, one game behind the Detroit Tigers in both the victory and loss columns. However, the Mets have a higher winning percentage at .626, two points higher than Jim Leyland's club.
Anderson Hernandez has been performing decently at Triple-A, but because Hernandez was already up with the Mets earlier this season – he was the Opening Day second baseman – other likely candidates include veteran Edgardo Alfonzo and prospect Ruben Gotay, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals for Jeff Keppinger.
That day, the Mets were 79-54, following a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Shea Stadium. Rick Reed out dueled Chris Holt with seven innings of shutout ball before turning the game over to Turk Wendell and Armando Benitez. The Mets scored their only run in the first inning when Benny Agbayani came home on a wild pitch.