So what happens on a day when your ace gives you 8 solid innings of 2-run ball against your fiercest divisional opponent and leaves with a three-run lead? Why, your bullpen blows the game in the ninth, of course. And in spectacular fashion. It wasn’t just a failure, it was a failure of EPIC proportions.
Maybe Jerry Manuel should have left Johan Santana in, but I agree with his decision. Santana’s outs in the eighth inning were hard outs. A line drive, a deep fly ball to Beltran, not to mention the line-drive double (following a foul line drive) by Pat Burrell.
In any event, teams do not recover from losses like this. I’ve given up on this season before, only to see the Mets battle back into contention. But they won’t overcome this loss. Time to think about 2009.
And yes, I am ripping off Mets Blog with the Charlie Brown pic.