Thursday, October 12, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 2 Cardinals 0

A great win for the Mets who could not have afforded to fall behind 1-0 in this series.

Basically two people won this game, Tom Glavine and Carlos Beltran.
Glavine was everything we could have possibly hoped for, pitching 7 shutout innings, after 6 shutout innings against the Dodgers. He is now tied with Andy Pettitte for second all-time with 14 playoff victories. He is one behind former teammate John Smoltz.

Willie Randolph made a good move not pinch hitting for him in the 6th, it was still too early to go to the bullpen.

Then with two outs Lo Duca dribbled a single into left field and Beltran crushed one. And that was all the Mets would need. Beltran has 9 homers in 16 career playoff games. He has 5 in 8 LCS games against St. Louis. Once again proving that some guys get it done when the pressure is on, and others don't.

The key at bat of the whole game came in the top of the 8th inning. Mota had two outs and walked David Eckstein. I was actually happy about this because it meant if he could get Wilson Pooh Holes couldn't hurt us in the 9th. Then Mota threw three straight balls to Wilson. But he fought back and got the out. I am sure that if Pooh Holes had come up with 2 on in that spot, the score would have been 3-2.

In the top of the 9th Willie made his only managerial mistake. After Lo Duca singled to start the inning he should have been removed for a pinch runner. There really was nothing to lose (not that big a deal to have Castro catch one inning) and it probably would have resulted in one more run, Delgado doubled one batter later.

Wagner was good but not dominant coming out of the pen. But he got Pooh Holes and he got his third save of the postseason.

The Cardinals did hit into some tough luck in this game, hitting several line drives that were caught, one of which became a double play. The Incredible Pooh Holes even turned a short fly to center into a double play with some bad baserunning.

Cliff Floyd got injured again during the game forcing the Mets to go to Endy Chavez. Chavez has been great all season and though he went 0-3 last night he made a diving catch that Floyd never would have made. The problem is, the Mets bench, already weak, will now be without Chavez. I imagine the Mets will use Floyd if healthy, only as a pinch hitter.


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