Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 12 Cardinals 5

Delgado, Del Got It.

Carlos came up HUGE in a must win game, with 5 straight RBI to take a 2-2 tie and make it a 7-3 lead. First he blasted a 3-run homer (his second 3-run shot of the series) to the opposite field to give the Mets some breathing room. Then his bases loaded double put the game away.

Carlos Beltran and David Wright homered for the first two runs, and Beltran homered again later. Beltran now has 3 homers in the LCS. David Wright's homer was his first hit of the LCS.

Shawn Green and Jose Valentin also got into the act and the Mets were finally able to showcase the strength of their team...lineup depth.

Oliver Perez was also a bright spot. I know the numbers don't look great but the last two runs I don't really care about. When you have a big lead, like he did, you want him to challenge hitters because walks are almost as dangerous as homers, especially to a pitcher like Perez who has wildness issues and can lose his control in a hurry.

He also pitched long enough so that Heilman and Wagner were spared. Though I would have preferred Willie used Roberto Hernandez for the 9th instead of Mota.

I also thought Willie screwed up leaving Perez in to bat with the bases loaded (shades of Mota in LDS Game 1) but it worked out for the best.

The Mets regained homefield advantage with the victory.


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