New York Mets defeat Chicago Cubs, 4-2

In a perfect world, Jerry Manuel still envisions Mike Pelfrey and John Maine as "a two and three." That is, he views them legitimately as the Mets' second and third starters - maybe even next season if no other top-flight pitchers are added - to fall in behind ace Johan Santana.

But 2009 has been anything but a perfect year for the Mets on numerous levels, and the travails of Maine and Pelfrey only have added to the season-long misery.

The two hurlers took positive s...