Friday, October 20, 2006
Oops! Mudville in New York Again
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina (4) celebrates his two-run homer in the ninth inning with Albert Pujols in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series agianst the New York Mets, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at Shea Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Well, Endy couldn't leap high enough to catch the winning run, a two-run shot by Yadier Molina in the top of the 9th. The Mets managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but couldn't push across a run.
Mets lose, 3-1. Poor Beltran made the last out with his bat on his shoulder.
Ironically, the Mets contained Pujols, got a quality start from a statistically horrible pitcher in Perez, and still couldn't win. In the end, the Mets went down the same way the Yankees did, and for the same reason. Big bats don't mean a thing in the post season. Fans of the Flushing team and fans of the Bronx team know that now. Big bats feast on mediocre pitching in the regular season. But in the post season when competent pitchers throw first pitch strikes, your big bats can't work the count. When you're constantly behind in the count, you have a tendency to not get on base.
Pitching, pitching, pitching. Molina called some great games.
Boy, they're going to be killing Willie Randolph tonight on WFAN. I wonder how many callers it'll take before someone suggests they fire him? How many people are going to say that Willie should've had Lastings Milledge on the roster so he could've been the one pinch hitting with the season on the line instead of the (literally) lame Cliff Floyd? How many people are going to say that Wagner (who almost blew a 4-run lead on Wednesday) should've been pitching in the 9th instead of Heilman?