Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 3-1

HOUSTON - Howard Johnson has experienced the high of winning a World Series with the '86 Mets.

As for lows, the Mets' current plight tops the hitting coach's list.

As the Mets try to regroup Friday night against the Astros after an off-day, HoJo has watched his hitters get shut out five times this month and nine times this season. In July, the Mets have scored an MLB-low 49 runs and also rank last in homers with four. The longball total through Wednesday was a full seve...

WASHINGTON - Should the Mets just be sellers at the trading deadline?

Hours before their latest loss, Wednesday night's 3-1 rubber-game defeat to the lowly Nationals, general manager Omar Minaya said he'll wait a week to sort that out.

"We still have some time from here until the 31st," Minaya said, referring to the trading deadline. "Let's see where we are when we come to at least those few days before the 31st."

Asked specifically about selling what can be dumpe...