This was bad loss number what for the Mets? Lost count. This was the eighth time they have blown a four-run lead and lost. They stranded seven over the seventh, eighth and ninth, five in scoring position. First and third, nobody out in the seventh, they can’t score. Daniel Murphy triples to lead off the ninth, they can’t score. Jerry Manuel basically called it the worst loss of the year, considering the situation here in the finale week. It really makes you wonder whether they belong in the postseason.
But they’re still alive. They’re tied with the Brewers for the wild card and 1 1/2 behind the Philadelphia. If the Mets somehow finish tied with Milwaukee, the tiebreaker game would be here. If there’s a three-way tie, Mets, Phils and Brewers, the Mets would play at Philadelphia for the division, and then the loser would play Milwaukee for the wild card.
If there’s a rainout today for the Mets—the forecast isn’t good—it will be interesting to see how that impacts things for the Mets, from pitching to the schedule. It would seem to solve their need for a starter Saturday. They could just push Pedro and Pelfrey back. But the forecast doesn’t sound great for Friday’s series opener against the Marlins here, either.
Ryan Church has struggled for the most part since coming off the DL. He went 0 for 5 and stranded six in this game, including his strikeout with runners at the corners and no outs in the eighth and his grounder to second that resulted in a force at the plate with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth. Manuel said he really has no other options at this point. But Church said after the game: “I just don’t have it right now.”
OK, it’s rather chilly in the press box, calling it a night after game No. 158.