Atlanta Braves defeat New York Mets, 4-2

On a night when the home team was baffled again by Met-killer Bronson Arroyo, there was one point of intrigue: more and more it seems that newcomer Josh Thole will play a significant role in the Mets' pennant race this summer.

The question is whether it will be in a Mets uniform. Or perhaps as a trade chip for the pitcher who is fast becoming Omar Minaya's great white whale, Cliff Lee.

Thole is hitting .538 in 13 at-bats since being called up from Buffalo, including ...