Throughout the day, please post your questions about the Mets and the playoffs, and I will get back to you later in the day with answers. Looking forward to hearing what is on your mind.
Let’s figure it out …
I’m guessing a lot of guys will be in before that and leave before answering questions about another late season fade.
“We failed,” David Wright said yesterday. “We failed as a team.”
That they did. Yesterday, was a microcosm of all that went wrong.
Starting pitching: Oliver Perez showed he’s not an ace. Or even close to it. Perez finished the season at 10-8 with 17 no-decisions. Out of 34 starts, he came away with a no-decision half the time. Terrible. He can’t close the deal. In his biggest game of the season he gave the Mets 5 1/3 innings. Thanks for showing up.
Bullpen: No blown save yesterday, but does it matter? Back-to-back jacks were the difference. For the record, 29 blown saves overall. That is the stat of the season.
Offense: The Mets have an offense? Not yesterday. Two runs on four hits won’t get it done.
The Mets will pack to go home. Many of them never to return to this clubhouse. Who should go and who should stay? More on that today.
Please stay tuned throughout the day.
Have been walking around the stands and listening to people. Mixed feelings. Shea has never been state-of-the-art, even from the beginning. But, it has been home to many of you. A place to escape a bad day, a play to dream, a place to shed tears, and most of all, a place to dream.
It’s always sad to say goodbye to a ballpark, because it is the site of so many memories. But, where blacktop will cover what is now the outfield. But, you can’t build over memories, just as you can’t build over dreams.
We say good bye to Shea Stadium today, but not really because there is still the dream of playoff baseball, and with it maybe more memories.
Now, wouldn’t that be something?
For you trivia buffs, here are the lineups, the answer to a future question.
CF Cameron Maybin
C John Baker
3B Jorge Cantu
1B Mike Jacobs
LF Josh Willingham
2B Dan Uggla
RF Cody Ross
SS Alfedo Amezaga
LH Scott Olsen
SS Jose Reyes
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Nick Evans
2B Ramon Martinez
RF Ryan Church
C Ramon Castro
LH Oliver Perez
-Since July 4, he’s 9-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 starts. He has allowed three runs or less in 16 of these starts.
-Santana is 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last nine starts at Shea.
-Santana is the first Mets pitcher to throw a complete-game on three days rest since David Cone, Aug. 13, 1990, at San Francisco.
“I made up my mind I was going to do it,” Santana said of the complete-game shutout. He said the chanting of his name by the crowd motivated him and he was as proud of this effort as any in his career.
As to why he wanted the ball, he said, “there was no tomorrow.”
Well, thanks to Santana, there is for the Mets. If you were at Shea today, tell us what you saw. If you watched on TV, tell us what you thought.