WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, MANUEL GETS DIRTY (SANCHEZ, THAT IS)
The Mets signed Johan Santana to fill his role as Best Pitcher In Baseball™. And they're paying him 174 trillion dollars a year for 5 seasons to do whatever it is a Best Pitcher In Baseball™ does.
(Holding a high-scoring team to 2 runs over 8 innings in the bandbox they call home seems to fit the bill, by the way.)
The Mets have also signed Billy Wagner to fill his role as One Of The Two Or Three Best "Closers" Not Named Mariano Riviera In Baseball™. They're paying him 684 billion dollars a year for that one. Not sure exactly what his job description is, but sitting in the bullpen watching the 9th inning of a crucial divisional game with the score tied ain't it.
But that's just what he did.
As did Johan Santana. The same Johan Santana who'd thrown 95 pitches through 8 innings. 95!!!
So who pitched the 9th of this crucial, tied-in-the-9th game?
Duaner Sanchez. He of the late-night munchies. I guess Schoeneweis and Joe Smith couldn't get loose quickly enough. And Ambiorix Burgos is on the DL.
Good thing Omar fired Willie, huh?