Thursday, September 20, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Marlins 8 Mets 7

Devastating. I'm too hurt right now to go into great detail about the game, but it's been like so many others recently. The Mets got good hitting, took an early lead, then the starter blew it. Then they came back and bad defense and bad relief pitching and bad luck and bad managing cost them the game.

The Mets gave Tom Glavine a 3-0 lead which is a good way to get him to give up 4 runs, which is exactly what happened. And he only went 5 innings which forced the Mets to go to their horrible bullpen.

But the offense wouldn't be stopped, in the bottom of the 9th inning they loaded the bases and got four runs, thanks to Marlon Anderson. And no thanks to Jose Reyes who struck out (a double play would have been better).

But in the bottom of the 9th Pedro Feliciano gave up a leadoff single. Then Willie overmanaged and went right to Jorge Sosa who pitched two innings the night before. Billy Wagner was not available due to back spasms, and Mota, Heilman and Joe Smith had already pitched. He was relying on Sosa and Sosa only. Feliciano should have stayed in, right lefty nonsense be damned.

Sosa gave up a double, then an out for a run. Mets were ready to trade another out for a run, and they would have had a 1 run lead with 2 out and no one on but after making a diving stop David Wright committed a horrible throwing error which cost the Mets the game. After a lucky bloop double the Marlins tied the game on a groundout.

The Mets were dead at this point and had to trot Sosa out there for another inning. he promptly gave up two hits and lost the game.

While all this was going on the Phillies rallied back from a 6-2 deficit and beat the Nationals. The Mets magic number is 9 with 10 to play meaning if they can split which seems unlikely they'd need Philly to lose 4 times. The Mets playoff hopes are looking very dim right now. They need to win at least 2 of the next 3.

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