By Mike Steffanos
Game 65: Diamondbacks 5 - Mets 4 (10)
I'm not looking to kick a guy when he's down, but it's getting hard to defend Billy Wagner against the charge that he wilts in big spots. He did it in the 2006 NLCS against St. Louis, he struggled last season when things fell apart for the Mets, and he's doing it again. His failure to save any of his last 3 attempts have most likely cost Willie Randolph his job, and probably Howard Johnson and Rick Peterson, too.
Think about it. If Wagner had saved last Sunday's game in San Diego and the two he blew against Arizona, the Mets would be 33-32 and coming off a nice series win. I've never booed a guy for performance in my entire run of being a fan, and usually it gets under my skin when I hear it. When Wagner was booed walking off the field after this one, however, it didn't bother me at all. I still wouldn't have done it, but I can't blame anyone who did one bit.
Plus this was the second straight great start from Santana that the team didn't win.
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Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone -- and doesn't that seem somehow appropriate?