What Happened?

October 20th, 2006 by James Lombardo

I am in total shock right now.

I think that every Mets fan in the world though Floyd was going to come through. It would have been a storybook ending. Then for sure you had to think Beltran was going to do it. He always does to the Cards. It’s why he’s here. Who wouldn’t want the bases loaded and your best hitter at the plate in the 9th? And on three pitches he was done. I can’t believe it. I thought there had to be some ‘86 type magic in Shea tonight, but I was wrong.

Though, if you have the bases loaded in two seperate innings with less than two outs and can’t score you don’t deserve to win. Funny how everyone thought starting pitching was going to be the deciding factor. Other than Trachsel every starter was incredible and gave them a chance to win.  But it was the offense that couldn’t drive a run in. And in the end it was the strength of the team, the bullpen, that lost this series. Oliver Perez pitched maybe the game of his life, maybe it’s the start of big things for him, we’ll find out in March.

I think maybe this hurts so much because the guys who did it to the Mets this series were named So Taguchi, Scott Spiezio, and Yadier Molina. If Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds do it you kind of expect it, but not those other guys.

The tide turned in the 9th inning of Game 2, and it looked like it did again in Game 6 back to the way of the Mets. And after Endy Chavez made one of the greatest plays in playoff history I’ll bet you everyone thought it was the Mets night. But it just wasn’t to be this year.

Goodnight.

!!!

October 19th, 2006 by James Lombardo

OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WOW!!!!! THAT WAS THE GREATEST PLAY I HAVE EVER SEEN.

Nerves

October 19th, 2006 by James Lombardo

Oh man. All those nervous feelings I didn’t have at about 7 o’clock are back. And since I wasn’t nervous all day, it’s twice as bad now.

Let’s Go Mets!!!

October 19th, 2006 by James Lombardo

So a couple of people asked me today if I was nervous. And when I thought about it, I realized that I’m not nervous. Last night I was nervous. I was nervous from Maine’s first pitch until Wagner’s last. I’m talking heart-pounding, nail-biting  nervous. But I’m not at all today and don’t know why. That could all change by 8 p.m. I’m just so excited. All I could think about all day was Game 7(which didn’t help during my Public Relations test this morning). I can’t wait for this game to start. I want to see both teams come out and play some good baseball and at the end of the night we’ll all know who the best team in the NL is.

LET’S GO METS!!!

Stayin’ Alive

October 18th, 2006 by James Lombardo

The Mets won tonight, which was all they had to worry about. Now they can focus on tomorrow. Oliver Perez gets the start on short rest because as Willie just said during his press conference “I like him.” Perez has to have the game of his life tomorrow. I really hope he has it in that left arm.

Well played game tonight. Reyes got the team started with his leadoff blast and Green had a big RBI. But the biggest hit was LoDuca’s two-run single in the 7th. Those turned out to be huge insurance runs. And they needed the insurance because Wagner once again came in and made it interesting. Does this guy ever go 1-2-3. There’s always someone on. The heart rates and blood pressures of Mets fans everywhere go up when he’s on the mound. But he did get the job done tonight so I’ll lay off. And perhaps the biggest play of the game was when Mota got Chris Duncan to ground into a double play. I totally thought Randolph was going to Feliciano again, but I guess that bomb Duncan hit off him in Game 5 changed his mind.

Game 7 tomorrow night. The Cards will have Suppan on the mound, and we all know the job he did to the Mets last Saturday. Maybe they get to him the second time around, teams always talk about it being easier the second time you see a pitcher. On the other hand, St. Louis was seeing John Maine for the second time in the series and couldn’t do anything. I guess you never can tell. And of course this is Perez’ second go around versus the Cardinals in four days.

Maine Out, Bradford In

October 18th, 2006 by James Lombardo

You gotta love the job Maine did tonight. This was a huge spot for a rookie and he performed. Tonight was the best command he’s had on his fastball all postseason, and his off-speed stuff was effective. Huge strikeout of Pujols with his slider.

Bradford is on to pitch to Rolen.

Leadoff Homer

October 18th, 2006 by James Lombardo

You can’t start the game any better than Jose just did. Jose hasn’t done much this postseason so I’d say he’s due for a really great Jose Reyes type game.

Game 6

October 18th, 2006 by James Lombardo

This is it. If the Mets lose tonight it’s all over.

I’m absolutely nervous about the game, but I still have confidence in the Mets.

They need to jump out to a quick lead tonight like they did to Carpenter in Game 2. They need some of those first inning runs they’ve been scoring all season. If Carpenter gets into a groove and the Cards get some runs early it’ll probably be too hard to come back.

And I think the most important thing to remember is something Willie mentioned last night. You just have to win today and worry about tomorrow when it comes.

On The Brink

October 17th, 2006 by James Lombardo

I won’t blame this one on the rain, which would be the easy thing to do. They just couldn’t get the key hit tonight, not because their momentum was lost during the rainout but because they were anxious and swung at bad pitches.

The Mets certainly had their chances tonight but couldn’t do anything with them. It started in the first when Wright struck out with a runner on third. Then again in the eighth, Valentin struck out with two runners in scoring position. Wainwright made a great pitch though, you gotta give him credit. Would’ve like to seen Jose at least swing but it looked like he was badly fooled.

So now comes Game 6. Carpenter vs. Maine. Lose and go home. Win and live another day. On paper, the edge goes to the Cards, but the Mets did score off Carpenter in Game 2, so who knows? Right now, the most important thing is to shake this one off and come out playing hard tomorrow.

Time To Hit

October 17th, 2006 by James Lombardo

Now I’m getting nervous. It’s getting late, and the offense isn’t doing anything. Even though they are coming back home, I’m not going to feel good about having to win two in a row, especially with the pitching matchups what they are for Games 6 and 7.