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The Mets Impress, If You Ignore Ollie

The San Francisco Giants are a legitimate playoff contender, so it means something when you take two out of three from them, even if you'll have pangs for awhile that it could have been a sweep. The Mets nearly beat the great Tim Lincecum yesterday, and they almost certainly would have, had Oliver Perez — owed $12 million this year, $12 million next year — not blown up, again. But Meat Loaf was right as always: Two out of three isn't not good.

The real gem of the weekend was Friday's terrific win, which featured two homers from Ike Davis and Rod Barajas (who had a walk-off). Davis also had an amazing catch in the ninth inning, diving into the first-base dugout for the last out. Davis is all you could want from a rookie: invigorating, exciting, clutch, and untainted. Also: He's not Mike Jacobs. That helps.

The Mets are a game and a half behind the Phillies and tied for second with the Nationals, whom they welcome for a three-game set starting tonight. They have eleven games within the division — none of which are against the Phillies — before the first inter-league series with the Yankees on May 21 at Citi Field. The time to make a move is now. This weekend reminded us that the Mets are more fun than we figured. Let's see if it can last.

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