Fresh off a walk-off victory last night at Shea, the Mets were hoping to build off their win and take game one of the final regular season series at Shea Stadium. Instead, the Marlins, although eliminated from playoff contention, came to play and brought in their starters. Hanley Ramirez and Co. took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, which went on all the way to the sixth inning when the Marlins began to pile it on. The Shea seats emptied out in a hurry, and the Mets never recovered. The Mets lost game one of the series, slipping out of the wild card lead since the Brewers won, and also slipped a disappointing two games behind Philadelphia for the division.
The Phillies clinched at least a tie for the NL East crown, but with a Mets loss or Phillies win in the next two days, the NL East belongs to Philadelphia. In order for the Mets to make the playoffs, they not only need to win, but need the Brewers to lose at least one of their final two games.
Johan Santana will be pitching tomorrow on 3 days rest, even with a weather system approaching New York.
If the Brewers and Phillies win out, the Mets will be eliminated from playoff contention by default. All the Mets can do now is win and cry for help. Their game with the Marlins begins at 1:10 pm tomorrow at Shea Stadium, while the Brewers play an hour later and the Phillies play at 4.