Cameron, 31, is playing out the schedule with an aching wrist, which of course would hamper his power hitting more than his running, but the outfielder hasn't stolen more than seven bases in any month this season. Eight in less than a week is a tall order.
In fact, Cameron has just one stolen base in the month of September. However, that one steal came in rather reckless fashion.
In the first inning of New York's game against the Braves on Sept. 16, Cameron led off the game with a double and swiped third base with none out.
If Cameron was gunned down there, he'd have been guilty of one of baseball's unwritten sins – never make the first or third out of any inning at third base – but he made it. The Mets went on to score seven runs in the first en route to a 9-4 win, so things worked out.
Cameron told reporters Wednesday that he is scheduled to have surgery on torn ligaments in his right hand two weeks after the season. He is hitting .233 with 29 homers and 79 RBI in 136 games with the Mets this year.
The Mets are more likely to continue giving an extended look to Victor Diaz in right field over the final five games, trying to gauge if the organization could lean on Diaz as an everyday player in 2005.
He's shown power and a knack for the big hit, slugging a clutch three-run homer with the Mets down to their final strike on Sunday, but his glove is a concern. Diaz dropped an easy fly ball on Friday against the Cubs at Shea.
Franco doesn't know if he wants to pitch again next season at age 44, but if he decides to, it probably won't be with the Mets. Franco has been buried in New York's bullpen most of the season, having last pitched on Sept. 4, and his role has been more as a defacto bullpen coach than anything else.