Great Catch, But Mets Still Lose

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Mets got solid pitching and had one of the greatest catches in postseason history, but could not get that clutch hit last night. They lost to the Cardinals, 3-1 and will have to wait till next year. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

For all the worry about the Mets starting pitching, it was their bullpen and vaunted offense that failed to come through. The Mets had two hits in the 1st inning and two in 9th. They had none in between.

The Mets left the bases loaded in the 6th inning and the season ended when Carlos Beltran struck out looking with the bases loaded in the 9th. The player of the game for Mets was backup leftfielder Endy Chavez who leaped and caught what would have been a two-run homer in the 6th. Chavez showed a vertical leap that an NBA star would be proud of and, not only did he make the catch, but he turned it into a double play... sending the crowd into hysterics and putting him on a highlight reel that will run for years to come.

But Chavez could not catch Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina two run homer, which sailed over his head in 9th inning. The Cardinals will face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series -- the question here is will any New Yorkers be watching? One team eliminated the Mets and the other knocked out the Yankees.

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