Friday, September 23, 2005

Mets Win Second Straight Series, Top Marlins in Dual of One Run Games

It's nice to see that the Met's aren't going down without a fight. After their horrible run, they've now won their last two series. Heck, even Baseball Prospectus is giving them a very small chance at making the playoffs (right around a .001 percent chance).

All three games were one run games, and they beat the Marlins twice, hindering their chances of making the postseason. The Mets got off on the right foot Tuesday by edging the Marlins 3-2 in 12 innings. Everytime Florida scored a run, the Mets answered and an RBI walkoff single by Mike Jacobs won the game. Jose Reyes scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Cliff Floyd drove in his 94th run in the bottom of the seventh. A.J Burnett had a no-hitter through six innings, and the Mets only managed four total hits, but they made them count.

Kris Benson had his best start in a while, but it was the bullpen that really shined. Five shutout innings by three different pitchers allowed the Mets to walk away with the win. Aaron Heilman walked away with his fifth win of the season.

Wednesday was another walk off win. Miguel Cairo singled home Jose Reyes in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The Mets had a 3-2 lead, gave it up in the eighth, then tied it in the bottom half of the inning. Jose Reyes scored two runs and stole two bases, and his season stolen base total is now up to 57.

Jae Seo was spotty but effective enough. Brandon Looper was shelled again and we needed Ramon Hernandez to pick up the pieces. He won his seventh game of the season.

Yesterday, the Mets failed to lock up the sweep. Despite another great outing by Pedro Martinez (who was held to 75 pitches), the Mets offense only managed one run on six hits. Ramon Castro homered in the third to account for the Mets only run.

The Mets travel to Washington to take on the Nationals this weekend. The Nats are on the outside looking in, and if we take two of three, we'll pretty much end their playoff chances. At this point, playing spoiler is the only thing we have to look forward too.


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