Back end of the pitching staff, Mets fans? Let’s not insult tonight’s starter, Hisanori Takahashi (4-1, 2.13), who will be opposed by the Padres' Kevin Correia (4-4, 4.03).

Takahashi threw six shutout innings against the Phillies in his last start. [No remarks about how just about everyone is shutting out the Phillies and the only way they can win is with a perfect game]. The Mets will take what they can get from the unexpected contributions of 35-year-old pitchers such as Takahashi and R.A. Dickey.

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Takahashi came to the Mets at the bargain rate of $1 million. Compare his accomplishments to bellpen-relegated Oliver Perez [0-3,6.25], who is making $12 million and refuses to work on his game in the minors.

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