The Mets won the game, but the monkeys will not be sharing a victory banana tonight. This was a game that the Mets just couldn't let get away. David Wright who struggled with runners on base came through with a walkoff hit in the 11th.
The Mets left 19 runners on base tonight against one of the league's weakest teams. So far this year, the offense has more closely resembled the 2007 that didn't go for the jugular when it had a team on the ropes than the division winning 2006 team that piled on the insurance runs. Because they couldn't get those extra runs, they had to further tax a bullpen that has been overworked this year. It doesn't take an elephant to remember that is what led to their demise last year.
Santana has been solid this year, but he needs to go deeper in a game against the lowly Pirates. Still he deserved the win. Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner each let up their first run of the year, but both limited the damage. Pedro Feliciano got a big out and Scott Schoenweiss dove and tagged a runner out at the plate. The bullpen exhibited a toughness that the offense did not tonight.
Of course, there were a couple of positives offensively. Jose Reyes was on base 6 times tonight. Endy Chavez broke out of his season long slump with 3 hits including the last one that ended with him scoring the winning run.
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Carlos Delgado should have taken the curtain call when he had the chance. After his big day, he was back to 0-5.
How many times have the Mets played with a short bench the last couple of years? Is Schneider coming back this week? If not, put him on the DL and get another player up here.
It was stressful and it didn't come easy, but the monkey's will play the Pirates anytime.