Apparently, I’m not off to a good start following the playoffs. It is the eighth inning of the Phillies’ game. I can assume most of you aren’t pulling for the Phillies, but with the Mets not in it, will you watch with a rooting interest if you watch at all.
I’m an underdog rooter, so I want Tampa Bay to run the table. That would drive George crazy, by the way.
With Milwaukee winning last night in the ninth to keep the pressure on, the Mets are faced with another must-win game tonight. Oliver Perez, who has pitched well in big games before for the Mets, will start against a team he hasn’t faced in over three years.
The NL East is still within their grasp, and far preferable to the wild-card. Remember, if it comes down to just Mets and Phillies for the division, the Mets win based on head-to-head. However, for that scenario to apply, the Brewers must fall completely out of wild-card contention.
Do you remember how horrible David Wright looked last week in Washington? He’s turned it around. His two-run hit last night might be one of the most important of the season.
So much for that 3 1/2-game lead the Mets had over the Phillies. Down to a scant game. It makes no difference the next four games are against the Washington Nationals. Since the Mets won’t have a starter going nine, the games are up for grabs.
Twenty-seven blown saves this year tells me there’s no comfort level and there are constant reminders of last year. Manager Jerry Manuel isn’t in denial.
“For us, coming down the stretch at this point, every loss is a reminder of last year,” Manuel said. “What we have to do is get through it. We have to win games to prevent that from being a subject matter. That’s the way it is. We have to deal with it.”