For the 2nd night in a row a Wild Card game was decided by a home run in the 9th inning. The San Francisco Giants will be heading to Chicago after Connor Gillespie hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie and deliver a 3-0 victory against the Mets at Citi Field. It was another Madison Bumgarner postseason masterpiece.
Terry Collins has done an incredible job getting his team with all it’s injuries to the post season. His players clearly love and respect him. But, the way he handles in-game situations can be unbelievably inconsistent and confusing. I’m scratching my head wondering why in the eighth inning of a tie game facing elimination, he chose to have Eric Campbell and Ty Kelly hit in a huge moment while Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto and Travis d'Arnaud sat on the pine. At the same time, would it have mattered with the way Bumgarner pitched? Noah Syndergaard was terrific. For five and two third innings he held the Giants hitless. The Mets were set up to win. This entire Mets season had been plagued by an inability to put the ball in play and score without hitting a home run. Last night was no different.
The postseason woes continued for Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who dished up the deciding three-run homer. This comes a year after blowing three saves in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. It was quick. A double, a walk and Gillespie’s blast. Does the name Armando Benitez ring a bell?
Ok, so the season is over. When you realize that the Mets were 2 games under .500 on August 19, and ran a 26-12 record to get to the WC game with a patchwork lineup and battered pitching staff, it was a pretty damn amazing season. Met fans, try and think positive …only four months until spring training.
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