Game 83: Win

Mets 7 Pirates 6

Whew! The Mets very nearly blew this game, very nearly lost the series to the Pitts.

In fact, the game was all but lost had it not been for Endy Chavez, currently the only Mets player outside of Jose Reyes with a heartbeat lately.

Chavez was not even supposed to be in the game, but a concussion knocked out Cliff Floyd. With the Mets down 6-4 in the bottom of the 8th with D-Wright on first and Carlos Delgado on second, Chavez hit a ball far enough to score Delgado, which meant it was far enough to put himself on 2B and D-Wright on 3B. Chavez then scored the winning run on a single by Xavier Nady, using a remarkable slide to get under the tag of catcher Ronny Paulino.

Billy Wagner did what he was supposed to in the ninth, earning career save #300.


Nady FINALLY got a big hit. About friggin’ time!

Tom Glavine was awful. Let’s just forget this outing, please.

Aaron Heilman pitched two innings and gave up another run. His ERA now stands in the mid-fours. He is un-valuable enough to be thrown into the rotation? The Mets could really use a starting pitcher …

Jose Reyes collected another three hits and two stolen bases. He’s a man on fire again.

While no one was looking, the Mets optioned Heath Bell to Norfolk and brought up (gasp!) Jose Lima. Dear God…

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.