Marlins 6 Mets 1
With both the Brewers and the Mets entering the last three games of the seasons with identical records, the 162-game season was distilled into three. Unfortunately, the Mets find themselves a game behind with two to go.
Mike Pelfrey did his job, hurling six strong innings and allowing just three runs. However, no one else on the team did theirs, and as a result the Mets found themselves on the wrong end of the final tally.
Once again it took seven relievers to cover the last three innings of the game, and that crew allowed another three runs. But their ineffectiveness didn’t matter much in the end, since the offense was non-existent. The Mets managed to place 11 runners on base, stranded nine, and scored one — on a fielder’s choice.
What’s there to say? The bullpen is completely spent — has been for weeks — and now the offense feels a swelling in their throats. Two games to go, and the Mets are one behind. If the Brewers can win their next two games, there’s nothing the Mets can do.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1:10 pm, and Johan Santana is insisting on taking the ball against Ricky Nolasco. I’m hoping for rain.
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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.