WHAT IT MEANS: Sandy Alderson didn't make any more moves after dealing Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez because he said he wanted to give the Mets on the current roster a chance to compete for a playoff spot.
The odds of that happening grew a little longer after the Mets lost to the Marlins in 10n innings on Monday night. Lucas Duda tied the game with a two-out, two-run shot in the ninth, but Mike Stanton ended it with a grand slam in the 10th off of Jason Isringhausen.
The Mets remain 7 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the wild card race after the Braves lost to the Nationals on Monday.
THE DUDE ABIDES: With the Mets down to their last out in the ninth, Duda drilled a Leo Nunez offering over the wall to tie the game at 3-3. It was his third homer of the season and his first at Citi Field. It also snapped an 0-for-12 skid for Duda, who took over for Beltran in right field.
Prior to Stanton's grand slam in the tenth, the Mets had a chance to get an out at first (would have been the second of the inning) when DeWayne Wise inexplicably overran first on a single to load the bases. But Daniel Murphy's flip to Justin Turner was late, allowing Wise to get back to the bag.
OY BAY! Jason Bay snapped a 68 at-bat homerless streak when he drilled a Javy Vazquez offering over the wall in right-center for a solo shot in the fourth. It was Bay's seventh homer of the season and his first since July 5. Bay has eight RBIs in his last nine games and has a five-game hit streak.
SOMETHING'S FISHY: Mike Pelfrey remained winless in his last seven decisions and 14 starts. He earned the no-decision on Monday thanks to Duda's blast. Overall, Pelfrey allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings.
HALE NO! Third base coach Chip Hale probably wants a do-over on the decision he made in the fifth to send Jose Reyes home on a shallow single to right. Hale waved Reyes home from second on Turner's ground-ball single to right. Stanton, the Marlins right fielder, came up throwing, nailing Reyes by several feet at the plate to preserve a 3-1 lead.
WHAT'S NEXT: Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.51 era) will face Marlins lefty Brad Hand (1-3, 2.73 ERA) on Tuesday.