Mets Game 97: Win Over Cardinals
Mets 6 Cardinals 5
Mets win the series and go one over the magical .500 mark.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey wasn’t tremendous, but he gave the Mets 6 1/3 innings and kept them in the game — which is about all you can ask of a #4 / #5 starter. Unfortunately for the Mets, their entire rotation is comprised of #4/#5 starters. Ah well.
Carlos Beltran hit a prodigious homer into the Pepsi Porch that tied the game 4-all. I’m savoring each of his at-bats while waiting for his imminent exit from Flushing.
Nice to see Angel Pagan blast the walkoff homer in the bottom of the tenth, considering how much he’s struggled lately. I was beginning to lose faith in his ability to hit.
Jason Bay left the game with a tight right hamstring. I’m not sure whether to report this as good news or bad news; you decide.
Jason Isringhausen pitched two solid innings of relief to earn the win. He must have been doing a great job of hiding the ball, or possibly pitching out of a white or lighted background, because it looked as though the Cardinals hitters were not picking up and seeing the ball out of his hand — they were swinging late and at balls well out of the strike zone. Hopefully, the scouts didn’t notice him shaking his arm after every pitch, because he’s suddenly a viable trading chip.
The Cardinals scored their fifth run on a two-out drag bunt by Gerald Laird. I don’t think I’ve ever before seen a backup catcher attempt — much less execute — a “safety squeeze” with two outs. But then again, I’ve only witnessed about 5,000 games in my lifetime.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Cardinals finish the series with a 12:10 PM start on Thursday afternoon — so be sure to set the DVR if you will be at work. Jon Niese goes to the hill against Jake Westbrook.