Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another Curtain Call For Braun, Another Meltdown For The Mets

It's official: the Brewers are going to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. And who do they have to thank for it? Obviously, they couldn't have done it without the Herculean effort from Carsten Charles Sabathia with his 3rd consecutive start on 3 days' rest. But Ryan Braun's late game heroics have been nothing short of spectacular the last few days. With the score all knotted up at 1 apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning, Braun sent a Bob Howry fastball deep into the Milwaukee bullpen, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead and catapulting them into the playoffs. It was Braun's 37th home run of the season, and just like his 36th it was a big one. And in a post-game interview, Braun gave credit to Ned Yost for what he did for the ball club. Classy move, I approve.

But baseball is not without harmony. Unfortunately for Scott Schoeneweis and the Mets, things worked out a bit differently. Schoeneweis gave up the go-ahead run to the Marlins in the eighth and picked up the loss.

So, Scott is one of the goats while Ryan is floating on air. But you know, you can't have it both ways. Something had to give.

Congrats to Ryan and his Brew Crew. Good luck against the Fightin' Phils. And chin up, Scott. One bad pitch doesn't negate a great season.

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