New York Mets defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4

The core is down to one Met: David Wright.

Yet even with Carlos Beltran becoming the latest player to land on the DL, the Mets managed to beat the NL Central-leading Cardinals, 6-4, Monday night at Citi Field. Tim Redding picked up his first win in seven starts this season, Brian Stokes induced a potential game-saving double-play grounder from Albert Pujols, Alex Cora twice provided late two-run cushions with RBI singles and Omir Santos contributed a career-high four hi...

Jerry Manuel has always maintained that if he could keep two of his four core players healthy and starting in their regular positions, then the team would be just fine.

Monday, Carlos Beltran joined Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes on the DL after an MRI determined that a bone bruise on his right knee had expanded. That leaves David Wright as the last core player in place.

The Mets are facing baseball's version of "The China Syndrome." That's when the core of a nuclear ...