The Mets have climbed their way over the Marlins into 3rd place in the division, and within 7 game of the wild card with their victory last night. R.A. Dickey had a good start until a missed call and a bad pitch almost cost the Mets the game in the 7th inning. With men on first and third and one out, Dickey appeared to have picked off the runner on first (I believe it was Hanley Ramirez), only to have him called safe. The batter proceeded to pop out for the 2nd (should have been 3rd) out. Then the next batter was Gaby Sanchez who hit a 3 run HR to give the Marlins a 5-4 lead.
Thankfully, Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran, and Luis Castillo (shocking, I know!) fought tooth and nail and won the game 6-5. Pagan’s hustle on a base hit to rightfield and turning it into a double, Beltran’s game tying hit, and Luis Castillo’s walkoff single were all exciting to watch, as the Mets turned in their most exciting and enjoyable game in a while.
This is the kind of effort that Met fans like seeing. It’s great to see the team fight to the finish even when Dickey didn’t have his best stuff. Beating Josh Johnson is also a nice bonus, the Mets have beaten him twice this year, something most teams can’t say.
A hot streak right now would give the Mets a shot to be playing meaningful games towards the end of September, and while that hasn’t boded well for the Mets the last few times the end of the season meant something, after last year, and the second half of this year, I’ll take it.