How many leads can you blow before you are officially anointed a member of your division rival?
While this may sound like a hypothetical question, Mets reliever Aaron Heilman is coming dangerously close to becoming an honorary member of the Phillies.
Heilman, serving as the "we had no choice closer" due to a disable Billy Wagner came into the ninth inning at Shea this afternoon holding onto a 5-4 lead vs the Pirates. After getting Nate McLouth to strikeout, it all went downhill from there.
The next four batters went single, walk, single, hit by pitch and Heilman exited stage left with the game tied at 5-5 and the bases loaded. Scott Schoeneweis relieved him and although he got a second out without a run scoring, he added the finishing touches by giving up a two-run single that gave the Pirates the eventual 7-5 win.
Heilman took the loss and dropped to 2-7 and his ERA spiked to a disgusting 5.74. The Mets pen, lead by Heilman's disastrous season is one of the main reasons why the Mets are underachieving and will cause them to miss the playoffs this year.
On the bright side for the Mets, Pedro Martinez went six innings and didn't get hurt.