The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes. With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card. The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.
It’s about time the Mets showed a pulse. The Cards looked like they had this game all the way, leading 4-1 after 5, 6-1 after 7, and 6-2 after 8. They built that lead off an ineffective Chris Capuano (whom the disintegrating Red Sox wanted to acquire to pitch in the upcoming Yankees series). But the Mets, finally showing the fight they had in mid-season, were able to capitalize on an incredible 9th inning meltdown. Cards reliever Jason Motte walked 3 batters while only getting 1 out, shortstop Rafael Furcal flubbed a double play grounder, and suddenly it was 6-4 with the bases loaded. Ruben Tejada and Willie Harris took it from there, with a pair of 2-run hits to lift the Mets and crush the Cards.
-Willie Harris: So where was this all year? Literally started and ended the 9th inning rally — he led of the inning with a walk before hitting his game-winner at the end.
-Top of the Lineup: The top 2 hitters — Ruben Tejada and Jose Reyes — combined for 3 hits, 4 RBI’s, and 3 runs scored.
-Bobby Parnell: Cruised through a perfect 9th for his 6th save of the year.
-David Wright: 0-5 today, with 3 K’s. Josh Thole has a higher batting average and OBP at this point.
-Josh Stinson: Allowed 2 runs in relief today.
-Nick Evans: 0-5, including grounding into a double play.
On Deck: The Mets come home for the final 6 games, starting with the Phillies. First pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM.
PHI Hamels vs. NYM Dickey