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July 7, 2008
BASEBALL: Excruciating Replay

Listening to Billy Wagner try to close out what should have been a rout when the Mets got a 10-1 lead...this is all too reminiscent of last fall's fiascoes against the Phils, notably this disaster, which among other things sealed Paul Lo Duca's fate in NY.

If Wagner - facing Howard as the tying run - blows this one, the season is well and truly over.

Wagner gets Howard swinging. Now Pat ^!~&#&!%#%&&@^ Burrell is up.

Wagner gets Burrell to fly out. Huuuuuge out. Pedro Feliz is up as the last out/tying run.

Wagner gets 2 quick strikes.

Feliz singles, 2 runs in, and Feliz gets to second on a rare throwing error by Beltran - I know Beltran was trying to nail the second runner at third and end the game, but that's a very costly error. 10-9.

Werth pops up, and it ends. Very big win, but the moral whupping the Mets could have placed on the Phils was largely dissipated, just as Friday night was the lost opportunity to make this a sweep.

For now, the Mets are 2.5 games back in the East. Given how they have played this far, it could be much, much worse. Now the real challenge: figuring out how to beat a Giants team that's 11 games under .500 and a Rockies team that's 15 under. If they can swing that, the team could actually go into the Break feeling like this is a real race.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:36 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Thank God you were liveblogging, because I couldn't watch anymore. It was a crap ending, but I'll take the 3 out of 4.

Think about it this way: last year Werth pops it out, not up.

Posted by: crankycon at July 7, 2008 10:52 PM

Didn't see the game, but on seeing the highlights this morning, all I could think of was Bob Murphy (RIP). They win the damned thing. And that game was against the Phillies too.

Posted by: A.S. at July 8, 2008 10:21 AM

The hand-wringing histrionics of Mets fans on this site is comical. I'll repeat what I've been saying all along....the Mets .500 record is not reason for panic, the run prevention talent is there, and the Phillies pitching has holes. Nobody believes the Marlins havent been lucky. You gotta ride the season out and look at the big picture rather than panicking when Reyes gets picked off of second or when Wagner fails to strike out the side in order. Santana, Wright, Beltran, Reyes, Wagner are all A level players, and the Mets have a few B's. Chill out.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at July 8, 2008 12:47 PM

I'm not predicting big things or anything as crazy as a sweep, but the Giants successes such as they have been this year, generally take place on the road. Tonight the Mets face Lincecum who is a genuine pitcher (not a glass of water, ha ha all of you perpetual nine year olds). Anyway, he generally provides a good opportunity for a Giant win, or at least a competitive night until the middle relief pisses the game away.

Posted by: NRA Life Member at July 8, 2008 1:42 PM
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