Billy Wagner sure can make it exciting, can't he? So, the Mets hold on to win 4-2, but I'm beginning to dislike So Taguchi (he hit a two-out double in the ninth inning to knock in the Cardinals first runs). Wagner got the last out, but he's making life too interesting for Mets' fans. On to Game 7 tomottow night. We'll find out soon enough who will pitch Game 7 for the Mets against Jeff Suppan. I don't see how it could be anyone other than Darren Oliver, but it will definitely be a team effort.
The Mets played their game tonight. Reyes reminded everyone that he has some power when he led off with a home run. They got clutch hits from Wright and Green to produce the second runLater, Michael Tucker let everyone know that Reyes isn't the only one with speed. And Paul LoDuca reminded everyone that he has been a clutch hitter and leader throughout this career, driving in two more runs, to make the score 4-0.
The Mets won because they finally got some offense beyond Delgado and Beltran (Jose Valentin has had a few big hits that have been overlooked by the commentators focusing on those two guys named Carlos). And the Mets won because they finally got some really effective starting pitching beyong Tom Glavine. Rookie John Maine showed the stuff he had during the regular season -- the stuff that earned him a spot in the rotation. He pitched out of a jam in the first and the third, and earned the win, pitching over 5 shutout innings.
As Tony LaRussa said: Game 7 -- "It's magical." At Shea, the Magic is Back...again.