Not to be lost in the Ike Davis business is the fact that the guy who really won a game the Mets really needed to win was Angel Pagan. His two-run home run was the decisive shot., the door-opener to a five-run inning. Pagan was the real reason everyone in Metsland was able to be so happy, the reason that Davis was able to get a shaving cream pie in the face.

         Pagan usually does something good during the course of a game (getting picked off first in the marathon at St. Louis notwithstanding). He doesn't take you out of your seat, but he'll keep you from leaving early. He is batting a solid .297. He plays centerfield well, and it would be a good idea for the Mets to start him there every day until Carlos Beltran returns--and who knows when that will be.

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          No need to have Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr. share the spot or even pretend to share it. Pagan is the guy. Is he a starting outfielder on a championship team? Probably not, but he is a valuable player, as he showed last night.

          Now let's see if the Mets can do it again.