Mets Falter, Brewers Rise … Bring On The Crew!

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, September 28, 2008 04:59 PM | Comments: 89

It’s history repeating.

The Brewers and Mets crawled to baseball’s final day at a deadlock for the NL Wild Card. The Crew went with their MVP: CC Sabathia. The Mets hung their hopes on two-faced Oliver Perez. Both did their jobs, but late, the true colors came out. As the Mets wilted behind their terrible bullpen, the Brewers rose to the ocassion, taking the Wild Card and stamping their ticket to the postseason … and Philadelphia.

The story was actually very simple. The Brewers got a Cy Young performance from Sabathia, who completely vindicated Milwaukee’s front office in a transcendent second half. Then, in a clutch moment, its best hitter — Ryan Braun — stepped up and took down the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Mets rode the eccentric Perez as far as he could take them. Their bullpen, of course, couldn’t hold it together, while their offense — pressing down the stretch — came up short yet again. The result couldn’t have been more obvious.

We’re supposed to hate the Mets, but somewhere in a small part of the heart, we feel bad for them. The team had glaringly obvious concerns, and they weren’t addressed enough. And its best players — however talented — just weren’t clutch. They made a giant acquisition (which paid off in spades), but it wasn’t enough. They moved past the choke of 2007, but it wasn’t enough. And all this on the final day of their home’s existence. You have to feel a little bad. Right?

On the other side is our NLDS opponent. The Brewers went through hell after the Phils swept them at Citizens Bank Park. With a managerial change, it seemed Milwaukee was all but dead. No sir. They rode their horse (another acquisition that paid off), got clutch hits down the stretch, and all but earned their postseason spot. Unfair that Lou Piniella played his B- and C-team toward the end? Maybe. But the Brewers won the games.

Now the Phils meet Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Sabathia and the Crew starting Wednesday. It’s very possible Sabathia will get the game-two call, meaning he would also go in a possible game five. That’s the Phils’ only worry. They can take care of business against a winded team that matches up poorly with our boys. Sure we have to beware the Colorado effect, but there’s no way the Phils are letting that happen again. No way.

Bring ‘em on, baby.

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  • Posts: 0 hoey

    predict the mets will lose 4-2 and the phils play the brewers

  • Posts: 0 Eli

    This is what i live for.

  • Posts: 0 CT

    we really have to hand it to those pesky Fish for doing their part in playing spoiler

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I do sincerely feel sympathy for the Mets and Shea from the standpoint of how their stadium is ending. Similar to how we closed the Vet with the Eagles and Phils. Eagles losing that NFC Championship game the way they did to the Bucs and the Phils getting eliminated several days before the the ending of the Vet.

    I know there are a lot who wouldn’t agree with me on that one.

  • Posts: 0 Chris C

    There is no way there is a “Colorado effect”. Last year, going into the playofs the Rockies were by far the hottest team in baseball, nobody was beating them in the first two rounds. The only thing that slowed them down was that rediculous break they had before the World Series that killed their momentum. I love the matchup against the Brewers. Good guys win in four.

  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Yeah, absolutely Mike. Sometimes you have to step back and look at the Mets objectively. What a way to finish. Especially after last season. I know if the Mets were the Phils, half the posters here would’ve been dead from the Delaware River by now.

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Love to post more, but it is starting to storm here in South Jersey, so gotta shut down. Be back later!

  • Posts: 0 GOOSEBUMPS

    lets keep the phaith and go em strong!

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Where are the Mets trolls? Ya gotta bereave!

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I think if my math is correct, that Sabathia can pitch games 2 and 5 on short rest, but that would make 5 straight starts on short rest. The Brewers wouldn’t even know who to start if there was a play-in game with the Mets tomorrow. The Brewers are ripe for the taking. Let’s do it.

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    anyone still watching TBS? home improvement has got to be one of the best sitcoms of all time. so underrated.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    So who will the Brewers start for game 1?

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    if I had to guess, I’d say Suppan, Sabathia, Sheets/Gallardo, Bush, Sabathia

  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Yeah, I’d say Suppan for one. Then Sabathia, Sheets/Gallardo, Bush, Sabathia. That seems right.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Let’s do this!

  • Posts: 0 Rob Cowie

    I catch home improvement on tbs on the regular. It’s a really , really funny show.
    If I have to see 100000000 Frank TV commericials next week, like I had to last years’ playoffs, I may kill that guy with my own bare hands.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    well, assuming the Phils go Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Blanton and Hamels, the pitching matchups will be:

    Hamels vs. Suppan
    Myers vs. Sabathia
    Moyer vs. Sheets/Gallardo
    Blanton vs. Bush
    Hamels vs. Sabathia

    If this were the case, the Phils HAVE to win game one or else they throw a shaky Myers vs. Sabathia. How about that game 4 matchup! Playoff baseball baby, Blanton vs. Bush!

  • Posts: 0 Mike W.

    Moyer should pitch game 2, don’t you think?

  • Posts: 0 Mike W.

    I will say this at least: if it comes down to a game 5 there is no one on the phils id rather have pitching than Moyer. He should pitch game 2.

  • Posts: 0 nationals#1

    Hahaha yeah hey mets trolls, where you at? What happened?

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    well, if Hamels pitches game 1, he’d have to pitch game 4 on short rest, I believe. The Philies are going with a four man rotation so it doesn’t matter if Moyer or Myers starts game 2 or 3 because they’re only getting one start. I think I’d rather have Moyer on the road in game 3 actually.

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I hope it’s Moyer too . . . guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I want Moyer on the road in Game 3, like last year. Myers and Moyer are only getting one start, so it really doesn’t matter who goes in games 2/3

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    ok, I just realized that the game 2 starter can pitch game 5 on regular rest. Now, this can only be done if Hamels pitches game 4 on short rest. If Hamels can do that, then the Phils can skip Blanton. They’ll go Hamels, Moyer or Myers, Moyer or Myers, Hamels on short rest and then the game 2 starter will pitch game 5 on full rest.

    Can Cole pitch on short rest?
    Sabathia already said “there’s no doubt’ that he’s pitching game 2 on short rest and game 5 on regular rest

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    what’s the deal with standing room for playoffs?

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Moyer should pitch game 3 (away game) and a pumped Myers at CBP can beat Sabathia in game 2.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I agree Manny

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    standing room. seriously someone please explain the playoff process for standing room.

  • Posts: 0 Eli


  • Posts: 0 Mike W.

    I believe they just said Sheets was done for the season

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    I like the Phils in 4. I like Blanton closing out Bush.
    They better crush that stiff Suppan.

  • Posts: 0 Ed

    I here they are giving these posters away next year for their opening day giveaway.


  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    solid image, ed. haha

  • Posts: 0 KM

    I think the rotation will be:

    I’d like them to go to a 3 man rotation, but I think Hamels’ head will explode if you ask him to pitch on less than 4 days rest.

  • Posts: 0 KM

    I wouldn’t mind pitching Moyer in game 2, but Myers will be better rested, and they might want to break up the lefties.

  • Posts: 0 T Marty

    ESPN said Sheets is done for the season…
    then later said, or until the next series.

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I wonder how comfortable Sheets is going to be with that elbow. His only 2 innings back since he was shut down he got roughed up for 4 runs in 2 innings and was yanked.

  • Posts: 0 ashley

    This makes me so happy. No NY team in the playoffs!!

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Past 2 days have been good. Gotta love when the Cowboys lose also. Eagles in about 45 minutes. Should be exciting.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    You know, ashley, that has been my dream all week!

  • Posts: 0 dan

    Anyone know when they’ll release the times for the playoff games?

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    They probably won’t release times until it is decided between Minnesota and Chicago tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 Durbinator

    Sheets is done for the season. Gallardo might be back though.

  • Posts: 0 Glenn Koons

    Is there a time for the Wed. game yet? If Hamels wins, I want our best to go against CC and that is not Brett. I would go with Moyers. I think Moyers is in a dimension now that he would not fear CC and I fear Myers is just not all together. If Moyer could beat CC, my bet is Brett has no pressure and he comes up big and then Blanton can do his best.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I’m thinking I would rather have Brett start game 2 and Moyer game 3. CC is starting game 2 and he will be very difficult to beat. So I think I’d rather throw Brett during that game and if we get the win great, if not, we still have Moyer going game 3 on the road. Game 1 is so key though, if we’re going into game 2 facing CC and a 0-1 deficit in the series, it’s not gonna be looking good.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I agree NEPA, game 1 is a MUST win. Facing Sabathia in game 2 down 0-1 is scary

  • Posts: 0 Amanda

    The Brewers can make the same mistake the Phils made last year: over celebrating.

    Obviously, the city is going to be pumped, and should be, especially since its been so long since they’ve made the playoffs. That was the Phillies last year. They pretty much celebrated like it was the World Series, minus the parade.

    The Phillies celebration this year was much shorter. Last year they used twice as much champagne as they did this year. They know there is still baseball left and some unfinised business. The Phils have some playoff experience now, so they learned from last year.

    Also, the Phillies had a chance to rest players this year for at least one extra day. The Brewers had to use their star players today. The Phillies were in the same exact posistion last year, and got swept in the postseason.

    So the Brew Crew is in the same boat the Phils were in last year, while the Phillies have a little more experience, and know what is in front of them.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Yea, but they have CC Sabathia – we didn’t have that last year. Very big difference.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    true, when Sabathia is going 9, it doesn’t matter how overexcited they are. When you consider that Sabathia is going to pitch in 40% of the games in this series. it gets a little scary.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    NEPA I agree with you, too. Game 2 HAS to be Myers.

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