FIVE DOWN, SIX TO GO
Heilman & Wagner (yeah, him) are fully rested, and Bradford, Feliciano & Mota are all coming off relatively short outings. And the bats thundered too. Speaking of thunder, the St. Louis forecast is for heavy showers all day today, so there's a good chance that game 5 may get moved to Tuesday . . . letting Tom Glavine go on full rest as well. There are three downsides to that: Weaver also gets full rest, the Cardinal pen gets the rest it needs after last night's pounding, and you really don't wanna give the Met bats a night off after a performance like that.
But with Glavine's well-documented shortcomings on short rest, and knowing the way he's pitched so far this post-season after a solid September, that one factor may overcome three.
At any rate, the Two Carloses are locked in, Valentin & Wright look like they may be starting to swing the bat, Green continues to contribute. Perhaps the offense is ready to keep this up, in which case none of this'll matter. If Met bats show up, it won't matter whether Weaver has his good stuff or not, and it won't matter whether Glavine gives up 1 or 3 runs in his 6 innings.
And thanks to Oliver & Oliver & Carlos & Carlos, their backs aren't against the wall. In fact, it's a Verge Game, a game that'll leave one of the teams on the verge of winning the pennant. But for now, I think we're on the verge of having one more day to think about this. If that's the case, here's to a relaxing extra day for Tommy G, before he takes the hill to put the Mets on The Verge.