Last night’s 7 to 6 victory over the Marlins was exactly what the Mets have been looking for since this season started. From top to bottom it was pretty much a perfectly scripted game. I think the only flaw you can point out for the Mets was Oliver Perez giving up three home runs.
Now while Duaner Sanchez got the win despite practically being the loser, this win goes to the bullpen. What a tremendous job by Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Billy Wagner and Sanchez. They sat down 18 of the 19 they had to face, the only one being the homer given up by Sanchez. And they did this entirely being in control, combining for nine strikeouts.
Then of course the extra bounce the Mets seemed to have in their step yet again proved to lead to a win. Once the Mets fell behind in the sixth for some reason I felt this was the night we had our big comeback. The only other comeback came against the Nationals on April 17, and it was really nothing that big. But last night had the feel of a big one. While sitting there in the ninth with Endy Chavez up and behind in the count, there was just a feel that Endy would do something. Who would’ve thought that something was a game tying home run. And then it was really fitting that in the 12th inning the game was in the hands of Fernando Tatis, the guy trying to resurrect his career. Once again behind in the count, he ripped it down the line scoring David Wright and Carlos Beltran to get the walk-off win. We knew this team had it in them, but it’s good to finally see some resiliency.
That’s the attitude they need. For the first time in a while I can say this team looks like they believe in themselves. Now there’s two games, time to make something big out of it.