Heading in to the seventh inning of Monday night's Mets game in San Francisco, the Mets were down 4-2. As it was approaching 1 a.m., I decided to record the rest of the game and find out how it played out in the morning. Watching it back today on fast forward made me glad I hadn't stayed up to witness it live.
What transpired over the next three innings pretty much sums up the Mets' entire 2012 season—coming from behind and blowing saves.
Spurred on by part time players Jordany Valdespin, Scott Hairston, Justin Turner and Mike Baxter, the Mets staged a comeback in the eighth inning and headed to the bottom of the ninth with a 6-4 lead.
In came Bobby Parnell to close out the game. Of course that's not what happened. Parnell gave up two doubles and two singles allowing the Giants to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
In the tenth, Hairston led off with another clutch home run. A walk to Jason Bay, a single by Baxter and a sacrifice from Rob Johnson once again gave the Mets a two run lead.
I optimistically thought the Mets bullpen would hold the lead this time, but deep down I knew there was a good chance they wouldn't.
Manny Acosta and his 10.30 ERA entered the game for the bottom of the 10th and immediately walked the leadoff batter Ryan Theriot. One out later, Acosta walked Eli Whiteside. Then with two outs, Nate Schierholtz singled to make it 8-7. In what can only be classified as a miracle, Acosta got Brandon Belt to fly out to give the Mets a win and Acosta a very undeserved save.
The Mets bullpen was supposed to be the team's strong point this season. Instead, it's been the opposite. The bullpen is ranked 30th out of the 30 Major League teams.
Here's a look at the numbers so far: