In the dwindling light of this fading season, in a game and a series that the Mets simply had to win, their opening salvo was a flaccid offensive attack and another bullpen effort that was long on pitchers but short on relief.
On a night when the Phillies cut their magic number to repeat as NL East champions to one, and the Brewers pulled ahead of the Mets by a game in the Wild Card race, the Mets find themselves in a position similar to the one they faced in 2007's final weekend: No longer able to control their own fate in the playoff races, the Mets are left to play Shea's final two games against the Marlins while watching and pleading for the out-of-town scoreboard to come up roses.
Mets.com may know something we don't, because it's already showing Johan Santana as Saturday's starter on three days rest. At this point, the Mets can forget about the NL East and have to focus their collective energy on winning their last two games. They need some help from the Cubs along the way, but this thing isn't over. First things first: Win on Saturday.
Big winners: Ramon Martinez, +9.6% WPA, Carlos Beltran, +3.9% WPA
Big losers: Ryan Church, -13.9% WPA, Jose Reyes, -13.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Martinez RBI double, +10.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Church GIDP in 3rd, -10.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -16.6%
Total batter WPA: -33.4%
GWRBI: Dan Uggla
Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by LOUtheMETSfan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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