METS WILD CARD SLOT LOOMING by Tom Brennan
The nervous Nellies had to be out there, when Martin Prado hit a very long 2 run homer in the first off Seth Lugo. "I knew this Lugo guy couldn't keep it up..." Well, stop being nervous, 'cause he did, tossing another 5 scoreless innings after that homer in a 5-2 Mets win.
On Tuesday, the Wild Card competitors (Mets, Giants, Cards) all scored 12 runs and won. last night, all 3 allowed just 2 runs, but only the team with the scorching bats, the Mets, won.
A day after 1B Lucas Duda clears the bases with an 3 RBI double, his co-1B James Loney got the Mets even last night with his 8th home run, driving in the marvelous TJ Rivera, who had just doubled.
Then Reyes doubles to drive in (who else) Seth Lugo, who had singled. All Purpose Seth.
Then Jay Bruce goes deep with a game sealing 2 run shot - the formerly comatose Bruce is now 7 for 18 with 3 homers in the last 5 games. The Coma is Ova, Dawg.
He drove in 4 for 4 Grandy.
Oh, and Grandy (comatose in most of August), how's he doing? In his last 30 games, has been awesome: 10 HR, 25 RBI, .280/.413/.630. NL Player of the Month, perhaps?
Lugo improves sensationally to 5-2, 2.67 in 64 IP - what can one say? NL Pitcher of the Month?
And Jeurys Familia notches save # 50. Huge congrats there.
Wild Card is # for the Mets is TWO. The Mets have 3 left with the Phillies, which should be enough to clinch right there if the weather cooperates.
St Louis? In very bad shape - 2 1/2 games behind, with 3 of their remaining 4 against a tough Bucs opponent.
San Fran? Better chance of the Cards overtaking them than of them catching the Mets...Jints are 1 1/2 games behind, with 3 of their last 4 against an even tougher Dodgers opponent.
So, Mets: Let's clinch Friday night. Why? I'd like to see Gavin Cecchini start at SS this weekend, wouldn't you?