Mets 5, Cardinals 2 (top of the 5th)

…it’s a-ok with me.

(UPDATE : Mets 11, Cards 3, top of the 6th.

I was thinking for a moment or two that Willie’s decision to let Perez hit for himself with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the 5th would go down as the blunder of the series, especially if the latter gave up any runs during the Cards’ subsequent at bat. And while Mr. Gritty-Spunky-Dirty-Uniform-Fundamentally Sound managed a solo HR to left, Perez responded by whiffing Prince Albert.

And in the top of the 6th…Oliver Perez is coming up again.

Did I neglect to mention 7 of the 8 hitters before Perez managed to reach base, 6 of ’em scoring? 3 on the The ‘Stache’s bases clearing double?

I’m don’t wanna say the St. Louis relief corps has been monumentally ineffective tonight, but I’m pretty sure I just saw Will Leitch warming up in the Cardinals bullpen.)

(UPDATE DOS : Mets 11, Cards 5, last of the 6th.

Jim Edmonds robbed Jose Reyes of a likely RBI triple with a fantastic over-the-bum-shoulder catch, running away from home plate in the top of the 6th. Moments later, Edmonds cracked a Oliver Perez groover over the centerfield wall, just past the outstretched glove of Carlos Beltran. Yadier Molina just hit a solo bomb of his own, and Perez is all done.

While there isn’t a Mets fan alive that wouldn’t take a 6 run lead with 10 outs to go, I’m at loss trying to figure how Perez was allowed to hit for a 4th time. Even the most delusional optimist figured the Jeckyl & Hyde act would shift over to Jeckyl if Perez was given enough rope. Perez stranded 4 runners over his last two at bats, and allowed an additional 3 runs in his final 1 2/3rds. I’m sure Willie Randolph knows what he’s doing, ie. watching the St. Louis bullpen get him and his starter off the hook).

(UPDATE III : THE RECKONING Mets 12, Cards 5, bottom of the 7th.

Beltran’s 3rd home run of the series and 2nd of the night extends the New York lead. Who says Tony La Russa is afraid to use Braden Looper in a crucial spot?

Your Greater St. Louis weather report for Monday, October 16 : ” Occasional rain and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 57. South wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.” Unlike Mr. Looper, I’m not a religious man, but if the baseball gods wanna give Tom Glavine an extra day of rest, by all means, go for it.

David Eckstein just reached first after being plunked by a Chad Bradford pitch that must’ve been travelling at a speed of at least 40 miles an hour. “I love him,” gushed Luis Gonzalez. “He does all the little things right.” Indeed, who amongst us is immune to the charms of the plucky, 101% giving David Eckstein? He’s like a modern day Pepper Martin with a Jewish-sounding last name. If Tony La Russa had 24 more guys just like him, doesn’t it stand to reason the Cardinals would go 162-0?)