New York Mets defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1

ST. LOUIS - The Mets started the day seemingly determined to prove Jerry Manuel is the right man to manage this ballclub, and wound up being somewhat humiliated even while outlasting the Cardinals in 20 innings last night.

Manuel can only hope this performance, win or no win, wasn't a referendum on his job status.

After all, if the Cardinals hadn't run out of pitchers, the Mets might have never scored.

Still, on a day when Jeff Francoeur took a strong public stanc...