October 18, 2006
AROD HAS TO BE ASKING WHY NONE OF THESE GUYS ARE BEING TARRED AND FEATHERED:
Mets' reality hits home (John Harper, 10/18/06, NY Daily News)
In the end, there was no one in particular to shoulder the burden of failure. Every Met regular had a hit on this night. But where were the big ones? What happened to all that thunder from two nights ago?
More to the point: What now? [...]
When two of the big guys finally came through in the eighth inning, Delgado with a single and David Wright with a double, it was left to Green and Valentin.
Tony La Russa went to lefthanded reliever Randy Flores, and here is where the Mets needed a dependable righthanded bat off the bench. But Julio Franco is the best they have, and he hasn't looked good at all in the postseason.
So Green was allowed to hit, and Flores beat him with a fastball, producing a shallow fly to center. La Russa then went to his closer, Adam Wainwright, who struck out Valentin looking at a curveball that he thought was outside.
The Mets are still so much better that it's hard to favor the Cards by much even with a 3-2 lead in the series, but two questions arise (besides the obvious Heilman one): (1) why does Beltran continue to bat left-handed against Kinney?; and (2) is Willie Randolph the only person in baseball who doesn't realize Valentin's hot stretch was a fluke? Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2006 8:30 AM