On only three days rest following his longest start of his career, Johan Santana showed no signs of fatigue. He struck out nine Marlins in a complete game shutout that put the Mets atop the NL Wild Card standings, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Heading into this game, the Mets didn’t even control their own playoff destiny, meaning that if they won their final two games, they could have missed out on the playoffs. However, they still had a chance to make the playoffs by hoping for a Brewers loss, which came true tonight. The Chicago Cubs, without even a need to win another game following their clinching of their own division and home field advantage in the National League, kept playing hard without their starters and knocked off the Brewers today in Milwaukee.
On the other hand, the Phillies clinched the NL East divisiion title for the second season in a row. Whoop dee do. I don’t care. That to me is just as important as Dallas was when they won their division. The Giants still beat them that season in the playoffs when it mattered most.
From here on out, if the Mets keep winning, more games will keep coming. A win tomorrow would mean at least a one-game playoff with the Brewers on Monday. What else does that mean? It will also be home, at Shea, giving the Mets a chance to make the playoffs in front of their home crowd. But even better, if the Mets win and the Brewers lose tomorrow, an automatic ticket to the postseason will be punched tomorrow for New York.
Who will the final postseason spot in 2008 belong to? Find out tomorrow at 1pm on SportsNet New York! Pre-game coverage begins at 11:30!