Jerry Manuel from the pre-game media session:

On why Mike Hessman is playing third base over David Wright today:

“I liked Mike’s at-bats, I thought he handled himself well at first base. I thought today would be a good day to give David a breather. Sometimes when you play as long as he’s played—he didn’t really get a break during the all-star thing—I think the legs seemed a little big fatigued, at least that’s from Howard (Johnson), from a hitting point of view. We give him a break today and hopefully he’ll be fresh for us the rest of the way.”

Is it good to go back out and play after an extra-inning loss like last night?

“It’s probably good to go back out and play. I think when you go that many innings, fatigue sets in on both sides, but this is the major leagues and that’s why you have the roster that you have and you got to make sure everybody be a part of it, so hopefully we can get a big hit from a few guys and win a game.”

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Manuel said he doesn’t think Dickey will be affected going on three days rest and doesn’t think there’s the same stress and “trauma” on the arm of a knuckleballer as there would be a more fastball-oriented pitcher. Mainly, moving Dickey up was a way to get Henry Blanco to catch both Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey without having to catch the older backstop two straight days (and a day game after a night game).

Some pre-game notes courtesy of the Mets and Cardinals PR staffs:

- In five games between the Mets and Cardinals this year, the two teams have combined to play 60 innings of baseball, three of the five games have been decided with a run in the team’s last at-bat (the Mets are 1-2 in those games) and the five games have lasted a combined 19 hours and 49 minutes.
- Last night’s 13 inning game was the longest in Citi Field history.
- In Albert Pujols’ 1,499th career game last night, he delivered his 182nd career game-winning RBI, including 42 that have come in the seventh inning or later.