Kevin here with a final update tonight from Shea:
The Mets did something that every championship team does at some point of the season Ã¢â‚¬â€ they won a game they probably didn’t deserve to.
A game-tying homer by one backup and a walk-off bunt by another lifted the Mets to a stunning 2-1 win over the Rockies in 12 innings at Shea Stadium.
Damion Easley hit the homer, a solo shot in the 10th that tied it at 1-1, and Endy Chavez had the guts to push a two-out bunt between the mound and first base in the 12th to score the game-winning run.
As I said, the Mets probably shouldn’t have won this game, at least not on paper. The first four hitters of the lineup – Reyes, Lo Duca, Beltran and Delgado – combined to 1 for 19 and the Mets seemed to leave a runner on base in every inning. But, as they’ve managed to do many teams since the start of last season, they found a way to win.
Some notes and thoughts on the game:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Endy said he decided to bunt after the first pitch when he realized where the Rockies first and second baseman were set up. He realized he could push a bunt in between them and the pitcher and leg it out.
I loved his aggressiveness and ability to recognize that. But I felt it was a big risk to take there with two outs. Afterwards, I asked him if he thought about being second-guessed if the bunt was field and he was thrown out. Endy looked at me like I was nuts.
We spoke for a few minutes and I realized that he didn’t think I was an idiot for asking the question. He just never considered that he WOULDN’T have succeeded in that spot. He was so confident that he would get that run in, whether it was with a bunt, single, home run, whatever. I love that confidence.
By the way, the pitch he bunted was unbelievable. It was a slider that nearly hit his ankle. Incredible play.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ I mentioned before the game that I’m a little skeptical of Orlando Hernandez, at least from a long-term standpoint. I feel he’s too inconsistent. Well, I had to eat my words tonight.
El Duque was masterful, striking out five in seven shutout innings. The Rockies aren’t exactly Murderers Row, but he was impressive nonetheless. He didn’t factor in the decision, obviously. But this start shouldn’t go down in the books as just another “no-decision”.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ David Wright went 2 for 4 to snap out of his slump. Maybe.
Wright, who came in 0 for his last 15 with 8 Ks, didn’t exactly tear the cover off the ball. He punched a single to right in his first at-bat and hit grounders in the next three. He singled in the ninth but, if you saw the replay, he was clearly out.
Not once in the two games I saw did Wright drive the ball with his usualy authority. He’s swinging at bad pitches and is trying to pull every fastball. I don’t like his approach, nor did I like it during his hitting streak to start the season, and feel like we’re going to be talking about a 2-for-29 rut in a few days.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Josh Fogg goes today for the Rockies. If you remember, the Mets faced Fogg last season in Colorado and roughed him up for 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings. A sweep is looming.