Game 105: Loss
Marlins 6 Mets 5
What a shame … this was a game the Mets absolutely should have won, and it would have been nice for Mike Pelfrey to earn another win. Unfortunately, Billy Wagner threw three pitches and lost the game, in one of the quickest come-from-behind wins I’ve ever seen.
If you blinked, you missed it; Wagner literally gave up two hits and two runs on three pitches, culminating with a two-run homer by pinch hitter Josh Willingham. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
The blown save spoiled another big game by MVP candidate Carlos Beltran, who hit another home run, added a double, and drove in two. Jose Reyes — perhaps in competition with Beltran for the MVP — also hit another homer and went 2-4 with three runs scored. Paul LoDuca also remained hot, going 3-5 with a double.
Pelfrey pitched OK — not great, not bad, very Traxlike — giving up four runs, seven hits, four walks, and striking out four in six innings. Far from lights out, and possibly a step backward. But hey, it’s still his first pro season, and he pitched just good enough to win.
ChadBrad and Heilman were perfect again before Billy blew it. How many more times can they be perfect before yielding?
Lots of deals on the trading deadline, and horrible news for the Mets, who have likely lost their best pitcher — Duaner Sanchez — for the season. Sure, Pedro and Wagner may be tagged as the pitching stars, but Dirty has clearly been the Mets’ most effective and consistent pitcher this year. The Mets brought back Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez for Xavier Nady in a panic deal, and hopefully Bert can do something close to what he gave in 2005. It is a bit embarassing when you consider that, effectively, Mike Cameron was traded for a 41-year-old pitcher who we could have re-signed. But that’s what happens, and Omar had to do the deal. We can only hope that former phenom Oliver Perez can somehow regain the form that made him one of the top young lefties just two years ago. I wonder if the Mets would have made a deal with the Dodgers for Danys Baez had the Braves not beat them to the punch a few days earlier? Oh well, I like the idea of Bert coming back for one last swan song.