New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 8-2

Maybe Johan Sabtana's doggedness finally rubbed off on another member of the Mets' starting rotation.

Or maybe the Nationals are just a putrid opponent right now.

Either way, Mike Pelfrey rediscovered his signature sinker in his return to the rotation following a one-start absence due to forearm tendinitis, pitching the Mets to their second straight win, 8-2, Saturday at Citi Field.

"I saw good stuff, I didn't see great stuff. But I think what was good was that he...

He remains a work in progress, still making fly balls to left field an event. The conversion from the infield to the outfield will not happen overnight for Daniel Murphy, as anyone who has seen the Mets this season can attest.

Murphy's improvement will come in small steps, and Saturday, despite some later missteps, Murphy showed that he is not about to shy away from the challenge.

The highlight for Murphy in the Mets' 8-2 laugher over the Nationals came in the first ...

The enduring image of Carlos Beltran this season for most Met fans remains his inexplicable decision not to slide or run over Yadier Molina on a close play at the plate on Tuesday in St. Louis.

But Beltran continues to jump out to an atypically torrid April start, ripping three more hits in Saturday's 8-2 win to raise his batting average to an NL-leading .415. That is nearly double the .211 mark he posted last April.

"I'm hitting better. I prepared the same way, it's...

You would like to think the Mets have emerged from their funk, back onto dry land. You want to believe the Mets' second straight victory yesterday means they are heading onward and upward, back toward another September fling with the Phillies.

But really, you know little more today about the Mets than you did going into the weekend series at Citi Field. Mike Pelfrey's arm didn't fall off, which is a good thing. Other than that, nothing. Because the Mets are playing a te...