Thursday, July 21, 2011

Post Game: El Fue Aqui, Mets Lose Finale 6-2

It wasn't supposed to end like this. Certainly not. When the Mets signed Carlos Beltran to his 7-year contract prior to the 2005 season, Omar Minaya had a master plan to carry the Mets for years to come, to be perennial contenders in a division dominated by the Braves.

"..the right fielder, Carlos Beltran"

The announcement played over the PA this afternoon, Thursday, July 21st 2011. 6 1/2 years later, one would have expected that Beltran would be an all time great, a playoff hero, a man revered for his accomplishments and without a doubt be an integral part of a team that was in the playoff hunt.

The Mets fans rose to their feet who knew that it very well could be Beltran's last at bat at Citi Field, the children in the crowd for Nickelodeon day politely clapping after Justin Turner's single..or red hair.

Instead, Beltran will be remembered by most Mets fans for watching strike 3, a beautiful curve dropped by Adam Wainwright to end the 2006 NLCS and his only playoff appearance with the team. Falling short of the playoffs by one game in both 2007 and 2008, spending most of 2009 and 2010 on the shelf with injuries and finally having a bounce back year in a contract season probably isn't what Beltran envisioned, but this year has seen Beltran become a true fan favorite..although it's coming a little late.

Beltran drew a line in the batters box, placing his bat across home plate and calling for time as possibly 100 vocal Citi Field faithful chanted "Car-los Belt-ran!". His at bat, which ended several pitches later, was anti-climatic. A shallow popup that Beltran appeared to have thought was foul off of the crack of the bat ended his day at Citi Field.

The New York Mets were unable to secure the series sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon, falling back to .500 on the year.

Boiling Points:
  • Jonathan Niese(9-8, 3.76) suffered a rough losing decision, allowing 5 runs, 3 earned, in 6 innings of work. Niese allowed a 2-run home run off the bat of Albert Pujols in the 1st inning, but didn't struggle much afterward. After retiring 9 in a row, Niese's start was plagued by poor defense from Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan. Ringling Brothers doesn't come back to the tri-state area until October, but the Mets made sure to give their best impression
  • Jose Reyes hit his 16th triple of the year and scored in the Mets' 4th, but the Mets were unable to produce again until Jason Pridie hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.
  • Jake Westbrook was dominant against the Mets, pitching 8 innings of 2 run, 8 hit ball. He entered the 8th having thrown only 75 pitches. Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless 9th inning to secure the Cardinal lead
  • In what was perhaps his final game as a Met at Citi Field, Carlos Beltran went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Lucas Duda was the only Met to record 2 hits today, but made a critical throwing error in the 5th which hit off of Jake Westbrook and allowed a run to score.
Carlos Beltran has used the walk-up music "El Esta Aqui" by David y Abraham since becoming a Met. The man was indeed here, unfortunately for the Mets, the team wasn't. If this was Beltran's last home game as a Met, the fan base won't quite realize what they've had until he's done.

The man has left the building.