By Mike Steffanos
Pirates 5 - Mets 3
Sigh. Pedro looked very much like a guy who hadn't pitched in a month. The Mets offense didn't do much of anything. Jose Reyes looked like he was playing by himself out there tonight. The Mets lost, the Phillies won. We'll have to do it all over again on Saturday.
The Phillies play an afternoon game in Houston. If they lose, it will be all over. Otherwise, the Mets will have a second opportunity to clinch things on the field tomorrow night. I'm kind of hoping it plays out that way. Winning it on the field is always special.
I'm not going to do any heavy analysis on tonight's game. I suspect no one is really in the mood for it. Besides Reyes, I do have to give some props to Heath Bell. Even though he did give up a homer to Bay, he pitched 3 strong innings. His slider is finally starting to look like a major league pitch. Maybe at last he is ready to actually attain the stardom that the guys at Baseball Prospectus keep telling me he has already achieved.
Again, sigh... We waited 18 years, what's another 24 hours?