The Mets took the second game, 4-2, behind David Wright's two-run home run in the ninth inning, a contest marred by an ugly injury to Joe McEwing on a take-out slide by J.D. Closser that could shelve the utilityman for the remainder of the season with what appears to be a fractured leg.
Regarding Benson, many have speculated that his free-agent status with the Mets is a slam-dunk – after coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a July 30 trade for Ty Wigginton, Matt Peterson and Justin Huber, insiders said that Benson had already consummated a "wink-wink" handshake agreement to re-up with the club after the season's conclusion.
On that topic, Benson spent a recent off-day shopping for apartments in Manhattan – something he surely wouldn't do if he was considering his stint with the Mets a two-month rental – and Benson's wife, Anna, is interested in opening a boutique in New York.
But if the Post's figures are correct, the Mets appear to have low-balled Benson and agent Gregg Clifton in the initial stage of negotiations. It remains to be seen if that will affect the mindset of Benson, who reached double digits in victories Thursday by improving to 10-9 on the season.
Though the Mets weren't happy with either set of circumstances, Mets manager Art Howe said that he was satisfied the Mets had doled out their own form of justice – helped, of course, by the fact that New York swept the doubleheader.
"Sometimes, some things have to be taken care of on the field," Howe told reporters. "And we took care of it."
With McEwing almost a total certainty to need time on the disabled list, the Mets are planning to call up infielder Jeff Keppinger on Friday. Keppinger, a slap-hitting throw-in from the Pirates in the Benson deal, was hitting .353 in five games for Triple-A Norfolk and hit .362 in 14 games for Double-A Binghamton.
Cameron has admitted that he's already looking forward to notching a 30-30 season, if he can steal the bases within the regular flow of a game. He needs four home runs and 10 stolen bases to reach that mark.
Franco, who turns 44 in September, has pitched just once in the month of August. He left the team during the Colorado series to be with his wife, Rose, who just gave birth to the couple's third child.