Viva la Revolución
This image has been floating around the net and has been an in a few other blogs and it is great. T-shirts need to be made.
It is strange to say that a team that was tied for the Major League lead in wins and was by far the most dominant team in the National League has overcome all odds to get to the point they are at, but it is true. The Mets have a guy on the mound pitching that had the highest regular season ERA out of any pitcher to start in a playoff game. That is just starting, forget about starting a game seven.
The Mets grinded their way here after some forgettable performances against the Cardinals and will be prepared to do battle for game seven at Shea stadium. You think last night was nuts? I cannot fathom how crazy it will be tonight and it all rests on the shoulders of one erratic lefty who could throw a no hitter and go the distance or get pulled after the first.
We know that all hands are on deck for tonight with the exception of John Maine. Perez will have the shortest leash you have ever seen a pitcher have and that is out of complete necessity. Not one person in the world knows what this kid is going to do. You can guess, but consistency has not been his thing over the past few seasons.
Admittedly I was not feeling to optimistic prior to yesterday's game. I was a doubting Thomas. A negative Nancy. A douchefuck Dave. Today? Not so much. I'm so happy you would think A-Rod's plane overran the runway...oh wait. This is what it is all about. I know the Mets were in the World Series this century and not all that long ago, but it feels like it never happened. The Shea faithful are alive and kicking and is time for all hands to be on deck. It is time for the offense to show up like they did in Perez's last start and it is time for the Mets to keep proving everyone wrong.
Gammons was on the Fatman and Lapdog show tonight. He is sure that Zito is coming our way in a deal for 6 years and $96mil.
He says that Zito is indeed in man love with Rick Peterson. Gammons doesn’t think that the Spanks are interested because of their payroll but he does think they will spend on the Japanese Ma%$?duke guy but both Toronto and Boston will jack up that idea.
He also thinks it will still be a Mets Tigers WS.
Too much for Zito? I think we all can agree yes, but I think he would be stellar for this Mets club and provide some much needed stability.
As for Gammo's prediction, his face might look like melted wax, but the man makes sense.
I think we get to Carpenter again tonight and Maine shocks the baseball world with a stellar performance. Look at it this way, we still have home field advantage, even if we're facing elimination. The Mets have been great and Shea and the Cards didn't fare too well there earlier this season. Have Faith! We can still do this.
Prophetic man. Very well done.
"We've had their agents express interest that they want to come back and we've told them that we are interested in some of the guys and that we will discuss it at the end of the year," Minaya said. "I don't think it's right now to be talking. I'd rather not. Some agents want to be more aggressive than others and some players have said they want to be back."
One such player is Tom Glavine, who would seem to be a near lock at returning for another season. The Mets could bring him back with a $14 million option, or if they decline, Glavine could choose to return for $7.5 million or exercise a $3-million buyout.
"We'd love to have Tommy Glavine back next year," Minaya said.
Personally, I hope he returns.
"The fans here, if you need that little extra momentum, they will help you out," Maine said. "They will give it to you."
John Maine appreciates the Shea faithful.
At present, the worst season ERA ever to start a Game 7 is 5.88, by Gregg, who was the Dodgers' winning pitcher, in relief, on April 15, 1947, which was Jackie Robinson's debut. Perez, at 6.55, would easily eclipse Gregg's ERA.
If the Mets want to be heartened, the second-worst ERA to ever start a Game 7 was 5.42 by Derek Lowe in the 2004 ALCS. Lowe won by holding the Yanks to one run in seven innings while his counterpart, Kevin Brown, lasted just 11/3 innings and surrendered five runs.
Why did the Mets' Willie Randolph put in Billy Wagner in the ninth inning during a non-save situation?
-- Sal R., New York
Wagner should have been in there. He hasn't pitched since Friday and he needed the work on the mound. I think this outing will help him for Thursday.
Why in the world does Wagner keep throwing sliders instead of his fastball, his money pitch?
-- Ana P.
That's something the FOX announcers brought up toward the end of the game on Wednesday. I think you have to show a hitter more than just a fastball -- mix things up.