Good luck predicting what’s going to happen in the series finale and whether the Mets will get the wild card because this is one unpredictable team. Down one game, up the next. So who knows?
But anyone who was here today saw a great moment in Shea’s dwindling history with Johan Santana’s effort. There were some Mets people saying this was the greatest performance they had seen considering the circumstances, three days’ rest, 125 pitches in the previous start, the pressure to win, because if Milwaukee won and the Mets lost, the Mets would have been eliminated. But the Brewers blew it and lost to the Cubs, so it’s all even again. If a tiebreaker game is needed, it will be here on Monday.
Santana has been worth every cent. He showed a lot with demanding the ball for this start and wanting to finish what he started despite the short rest. He went 9-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his final 17 starts and finished 16-7 with a 2.53 ERA. Omar Minaya said he should have 24 or 25 wins. Think the Yankees regret passing on the lefty last offseason?
Now let’s see what Oliver Perez can do on three days’ rest. There at least will be good karma in the ballpark for the Mets with so many of their former stars returning for the “Shea Goodbye” ceremony after the game. But it may not be time to “Shea Goodbye” yet.