Every time you think the Mets are dead in this race, they seem to come back to life—still tied in the wild card now with the Brewers and one back of the Phillies in the division with three to play. If the Mets and Brewers are still tied after Sunday, the wild-card tiebreaker game would be here at Shea on Monday.
The Mets showed a little something in this 7-6 comeback win, especially coming off Wednesday’s brutal loss. And the bench guys who started turned out to be major players. Ramon Martinez was the pick as the second baseman of the day basically because he contributed a double and a bases-loaded walk off the bench the night before. And he came through with a big RBI single in the eighth. And Robinson Cancel only started behind the plate because Brian Schneider got scratched due to something being out of whack in his upper back, according to Jerry Manuel. And Cancel delivered the tying single in the eighth thanks in part to Ryan Church’s evasive slide.
Speaking of Church, the Mets will hope that he’s finally breaking out after this 3-for-3, two-RBI night. Church said the game would build confidence for him at the plate with men on base. His two RBI came on a two-out double in the fourth.
When Pedro waved to the crowd upon leaving in the seventh, he said he was trying to say thanks to the fans for their support in case this was his last game here, although he’s hoping it isn’t. Besides wanting to go to the playoffs, he wants to pitch next season. Would you re-sign him?
This was the Mets’ eighth walk-off win and 34th comeback win. Jose Reyes stole a season-high three bases, giving him 55, second in the majors.
Well, it’s pouring here at Shea at 1:38 a.m. Wonder if it will still be raining at 7:10 tonight.