I think we can officially say that the Mets are the Eastern Division champions. Sure, they were 12 games up on Atlanta going into the series but if the Mets had one of their "Deliverance" style Southern swings a lot of people would be saying that the race wasn't over yet. Good thing for the Mets then that Carlos Beltran brought his "A" game.
Beltran homered twice yesterday, the second day in a row with a pair of longballs for the centerfielder, and made one of them his third grand slam of July as the Mets swept the Braves 10-6. The three slams in a month ties a major league record, held by Devon White, Shane Spencer and six others, and for all the chanting at Shea Stadium for David Wright it's hard to say that Beltran isn't the Mets, and maybe the National League's, MVP at this point in the season. He now has 32 homers, 94 RBI and an eye-popping 1013 OPS for the year, a year that's making every dollar the Mets are paying him a bargain.