While the Mets' foremost concern is to alleviate some of the stress on the inflamed left knee that landed Piazza on the disabled list to begin with, the Mets are also cognizant of the fact that the first base experiment hasn't worked out as planned.
The next five weeks could do a lot to sway the Mets' thinking for 2005, depending on whether or not Piazza shows that he is capable of playing a passable defensive first base and how he reacts to showing up for work each day with yet another Mets club that is playing meaningless September games.
Perhaps the only positive of this weekend's series loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the fact that there are only two meaningless August games remaining on the schedule.
Sunday's 10-2 loss was by far the ugliest, with Robin Ventura cracking his 17th career grand slam and Floyd muffing a fly ball in the fourth inning because, in his words, "I don't want to get hit in the face."
Floyd then air-mailed a throw home on a sacrifice fly by Brent Mayne, allowing Ventura to move into scoring position, where of course he'd later score.
But the topper was free-agent-to-be Kris Benson – who still insists that he's amenable to re-signing with the Mets after this season, despite a horrid 6.43 ERA since the July 30 trade – being booed off the field by what remained of the paying crowd at Shea Stadium.
Here come the Marlins.
The first three batters to face Kazmir scored, including a throwing error by the pitcher. In total, Kazmir allowed six runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts over three-plus innings.