The Mets stunk up Shea Stadium on Friday night and in the process essentially surrendered the division to the Phillies who ended up clinching the NL East yesterday. Then an amazing thing happened. With the season on the line Johan Santana, three days removed from a 125 pitch performance, approached manager Jerry Manuel and said “Give me the ball!”. Santana then pitched a complete game, 3 hit shutout against the Marlins to make today, the day of game 162 and the final game of the regular season, meaningful. This was the kind of game Santana was acquired for and he came up aces.
The Mets will send Oliver Perez to the mound on short rest to pitch for the season. A win clinches at least a tie for the wild card while a loss will cause the Mets to have to depend on a Milwaukee loss to tie. But we’re all hoping for the best case scenario of a Mets win and Milwaukee loss so the two teams won’t have to play a one game playoff tomorrow night at Shea.
Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.