The Mets won a big time game yesterday, their most important win of the year so far. They walloped the Cardinals, 12-5, behind home runs by Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Carlos Delgado to even the NLCS at two apiece. But just as importantly, Oliver Perez gave the bullpen another break, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up 5 earned runs. Nothing spectacular, but it was just what the Mets needed last night. Combine that effort with Darren Oliver's six innings on Saturday night, "The Oliver Boys" have given the front end of the pen the rest they really needed.
The series will now return to New York on Wednesday night, no matter what happens in Game 5.
Tom Glavine goes tonight, weather permitting. The forecast for St. Louis tonight is for rain, and a rainout tonight might not be the worst thing in the world for the Mets. It would give Glavine another day of rest, but it would also eliminate the Tuesday travel day for both teams.
Today is also a special day in Mets history, as it was 37 years ago today that the Miracle Mets won their first World Series, a 5-3 win over the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles at Shea Stadium (pictured above). It was one of the biggest upsets in sports history, as the Mets took out the Orioles in five games with some superb pitching and defense, and just enough offense to win.
The 1969 Mets will always be the most beloved team in franchise history.
I was 7 years old and I remember it oh so well.