If you don’t have them already, you still have a chance to see the finale at Shea Stadium next Sunday against Florida.
Atlanta has never been nice to the Mets. The Braves are out of it again, but they are in position to make things rough for the boys. They have not mailed it in. Instead, they seem to be hanging around for the sole purpose of making things rough on the Mets.
They took two of three last week at Shea, so there better not be any sense of complacency. After Washington, you’d think there wouldn’t be any.
There have been a lot of games with the Braves that just gnaw at your memories. Which one still burns in your gut the most?
The Kenny Rogers game? You can have your choice of Armando Benitez meltdowns. Consider it therapy before the weekend. Which Braves games just stays with you.
Mets and Braves playing a doubleheader at Shea today. Rain in the forecast for tonight. First game at 4 p.m., the second about a half-hour later. Late start courtesy of TV.
Johan Santana against Mike Hampton in the first game; Jon Niese and Jo-Jo Reyes in the second game.
Brian Schneider catches Santana and will catch Oliver Perez tomorrow. Robinson Cancel will catch Niese in the second game.
Jerry Manuel tried to be coy before the game, saying he didn’t know the club’s magic number is 14. Don’t believe him. I think he’s aware of all those things. He’s too sharp not to know.
Speaking of which, I think it would be appropriate to announce an extension for him and his interim coaches.
I’m keeping open yesterday’s post asking about your first Shea memory.
If you haven’t already, please share with us your first memory of Shea. Not the most dramatic. Not the most spectacular, but your first. You can get mushy.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez has pitched so well lately that he’ll let this one slide. He can afford to because Carlos Delgado is playing up to the MVP chants.
It wasn’t a good night for Perez, but Delgado hit two more homers and has 24 in his last 66 games to lead the majors.
For awhile tonight it appeared as if Perez would kick this one away, but Delgado’s two homers and one by Carlos Beltran carried the Mets to a 10-8 victory over the Nationals to increase their lead over Philly to 2 1/2 games.
Kudos also to the bullpen. It has been hot in September, but tell the truth, aren’t you holding your breath?
For those who were with me tonight, many thanks. The Room is open all night.-JD