Dan Warthen's bouncy jaunt from the dugout did not betray his intentions. Five knee surgeries have lent the man a certain trot, and 41 years on the road an amused grin; he carries both to every mound visit. This one seemed no different, until C.B. Bucknor arrived to break it up.

It was the fifth inning of the Mets' 6-1 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, which completed a deflating post All-Star sweep. The game was locked in a scoreless tie moments before, but Michael Bourn had just doubled in a run. And therein lay the problem: Warthen was certain that Johan Santana had struck Bourn out on a 1-2 sinker.