Many opinions surround Pittsburgh's late-season collapse, and team general manager Neal Huntington offered his own Sunday afternoon. "We define players in one of three categories, and one of them is 'survivor.' A survivor is someone who cares about surviving, about staying in the big leagues," Huntington said. "We've had some guys fall back into survivor mode these last two months." Pittsburgh has a 5-17 record over its last 22 games. After reaching 16 games over .500 on Aug. 8, the Pirates' record has worsened to 75-77. "It isn't a selfish mindset, so to speak," Huntington continued. "But you see men on first-and-second and nobody out, and instead of making sure to get the runner over, you try to hit a three-run homer. Instead of trying to continue an inning, we're going to get the big hit. "It's well-intended, but when you get outside of your game and try to do too much -- the age-old excuse -- you start to get yourself in trouble. Instead of trusting the teammates behind you, instead of trusting that they'll be able to rally ... 'I'm gonna try to hit the 11-run home run'." Mets: Wright closing in on franchise hits record
David Wright's first-inning home run on Sunday brought the third baseman to within three hits of tying Ed Kranepool's all-time franchise hits record of 1,418. On the season, Wright is batting .304 with 19 homers and 84 RBIs. In six games against Pittsburgh, with which he won the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year award and was selected to two All-Star games, Jason Bay is batting .143 (3-for-21) with two RBIs. Worth Noting
The Mets took two games out of three at PNC Park from May 21-23. The Pirates haven't won the season series against New York since 2004, when they came out on top in five of six meetings. Dating back to that year, the Mets are 33-26 against Pittsburgh.