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I Liked This Ending Better

Mike SteffanosSaturday, August 16, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Game 122: Mets 2 - Pirates 1

One run lead in the ninth. Playing against the Pirates. Aaron Heilman on the mound carrying the hopes of both Mets fans and a starter who had pitched effectively. Sound familiar? This one had a happy ending, though, as Heilman notched his third save of the season.

Not much to talk about offensively, but you had to love the defensive effort and Mike Pelfrey's outing. When he came out of the game after 7 innings, it went through my mind just how valuable Pelfrey has become to this staff. Not only has he pitched effectively, but he's also going deep into games.

In his last 9 starts, he has pitched 6 innings or more 7 times. Six of those starts were 7 innings or more. How valuable is that to an overworked bullpen?

I was impressed by the way the Mets played this game. They need to continue to play with the intensity shown yesterday -- hopefully with a better offensive game. I'd love to look back on a series against the Pirates that features happy memories.

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Comments (2)

I am starting to think we can do this, but going into the 9th with only one or two runs is going to kill me, it was about this time last year I had my heart attack and by pass , so please Mets give me a break and score some more runs so I can watch the ending of the game, before Selma shuts the game off saying thats it, this is to much for you. I always sneak back a few min. later to check the score. This year is no cake walk for us. If we win 23 or 24 more games that should do it. 89 or 90 wins to end this year seems right. Every game is big in the next 40. Lets go Mets.

With the news about Wagner, the ninth may continue to be ugly for the foreseeable future. I'm stocking up on Tums.

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