Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 8 Cardinals 7

The happiest recap of the whole season. What an amazing game, a 5-game winning streak (after the Philadelphia disaster) and the second comeback from a 4 run or greater deficit, in the last 3 games.

Of course Carlos Beltran was the hero. What a difference a year makes. Even earlier this year I was wondering whether he'd ever succeed with the Mets. Once the fans embraced him he produced, and now he's producing even more, now that he is a fan favorite.

Some wondered if he was really a star player when the Mets signed him and he is proving that he is, and that his best year are ahead of him. He now was 36 homers and 103 RBI, compared to career highs of 38 and 108 (which he achieved mostly while batting second). He has only 32 RBI at home, but he has 2 huge walk-off home runs at Shea (obviously walk offs can only come at home.

However, I still don't believe Beltran deserves league MVP. That honor should still go to the Great Pooh Holes. I've already stated that he is my favorite player (maybe ever) but I don't think I am biased. He is carrying the Cardinals, while Beltran has a lot more help.

Even when the Mets were losing 7-1, I was still enjoying the game because I got the see the Magnificent Pooh Holes play at his best. He crushed a 3-run homer in the 4th and a grand slam in the 5th. Over the course of 12 batters in those two innings, 5 made outs (one thrown out at home), the other 7 were driven in by the Splendid Pooh Holes.

Carlos Delgado was almost up to the challenge. He hit a solo homer in the second inning, the 399th of his career. It was his 30th of the year, giving him at least 30 for 10 straight years. In the bottom of the 5th, (right after Pooh Holes' blast) Delgado got the Mets right back in it with a grand slam of his own. That was the 400th of his career, moving him into 42nd place all-time. It was the Mets 9th grand slam this year.

John Maine got his tail kicked last night, despite being perfect through 3 innings, he allowed 8 base runners in the next two innings and, as previously mentioned, they all scored except the one who got thrown out at the plate. His ERA ballooned to 3.58, up almost a full run, but the Mets have still won his last 6 starts.

Several other players not named Carlos contributed to this Mets victory.
-Guillermo Mota pitched a strong inning in his Mets debut
-Chad Bradford got out of Feliciano's jam by inducing the Wonderful Terrific Pooh Holes to ground into a double play
-Aaron Heilman, who had one win all season until he won 2 of the last 3 games, also pitched a scoreless inning
-Endy Chavez who reached on a bunt and later scored the 6th run
-Jose Reyes who would have tied the game if not for a great play by Belliard, instead driving in only one
-Michael Tucker and Paul Lo Duca who combined to tag a runner out at home
-Bill Clinton, just by showing up


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