10/11/06 11:14 PM ET
Notes: Rain no stranger at Shea
Mother Nature disrupts festivities at home for fifth time in '06
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
Each pitcher responds differently. So it was 18 years ago that a rainout affected another Mets National League Championship Series. The Mets' announcer was a Mets pitcher in 1988, and he was to start Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. The game was postponed one day, which eliminated the off-day between Game 5 in New York and Game 6 in Los Angeles. It also eliminated a day of rest for Ron Darling, who started Game 7 on three days' rest instead of four.
He was charged with six runs in one inning in Game 7, a 6-0 Dodgers victory.
Here's the thing: Orel Hershiser started Games 3 and 7, too. And he pitched a complete game in Game 7.
Staying dry: For all the mess the rain caused, it was pretty much accepted by the players as nothing extraordinary. The Mets endured four rainouts this year, all at Shea Stadium. The Cardinals had one. For Shawn Green, home rainouts are a bit usual. Before Green joined the Mets on Aug. 22, he had experienced just one home rainout in nearly 12 full seasons.
But then, he had played for the Dodgers -- it never rains in Southern California -- and two teams with domed parks, the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks. Within five days of his trade to the Mets, a Phillies-Mets game was rained out. By Sept. 5, there was another, Braves-Mets. Incidentally, in the games that followed the rainouts -- one on Aug. 28 and two on Sept. 5 -- Green had seven hits, including two home runs and two doubles, two runs and four RBIs in 12 at-bats.
Let it rain, he says.
High praise: Tony La Russa on the Mets: "You know who has to be very good, in my opinion? Our offense has to be very good. Because I look at that lineup they've got, and our offense has to be good. Because I think we could pitch really well, and they could find a way to get four, five or six [runs]. So we're going to have to get five, six or seven."
Danger: Four players in the Cardinals' starting lineup have hurt Glavine in the past: Albert Pujols, .450 in 20 at-bats (no extra base hits, one walk); Scott Rolen, .358 in 53 at-bats (six doubles, two home runs, 14 walks); Juan Encarnacion, .361 in 36 at-bats (two doubles, five walks); and Ronnie Belliard, .417 in 12 at-bats.
Danger II: Three players in the Mets' starting lineup have hurt Jeff Weaver in the past: Carlos Delgado, .500 in 38 at-bats (four home runs, four doubles, one triple, eight walks); Green, .313 in 16 at-bats (two home runs); and Chris Woodward, .313 in 16 at-bats.
Acta in mix: Mets third-base coach Manny Acta is among four candidates the Rangers plan to interview for their vacant managerial position. Texas is still in the process of securing permission to speak with Acta, who Willie Randolph has endorsed as a quality candidate.
This date in Mets history, Oct. 12: A single by Al Weis, the light-hitting second baseman, was the third of three straight, two-out singles in the ninth inning and produced the decisive run in the Mets' 2-1 victory against the Orioles in Game 2 of the 1969 World Series in Baltimore. Donn Clendenon, the eventual MVP of the series, had provided the Mets' first run with a home run -- the only extra-base hit of the game -- in the fourth inning against losing pitcher Dave McNally. Winning pitcher Jerry Koosman allowed a run in the seventh on a base hit by Brooks Robinson. It was the Orioles' second and final hit. Koosman walked Frank Robinson and Boog Powell after two outs in the ninth and was replaced by Ron Taylor, who retired Brooks Robinson.
The '86 Mets were shut down for the second time by Mike Scott on this date. Scott pitched his second complete game in the Astros' 3-1 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS. In two games against Scott, the Mets had one run, eight singles, a walk, 14 strikeouts and a dozen baseballs they were certain he had scuffed.
Two years later on this date, the Mets lost Game 7 of the NLCS to Dodgers and series MVP Hershiser. The Dodgers scored six runs in the first two innings against starter Darling and Dwight Gooden. Hershiser allowed five hits and two walks and hit two batters in his complete game.
The Mets lost Game 1 of the 1999 NLCS to the Braves, 4-2, at Turner Field on this date and, a year later, won Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Mets took advantage of Rick Ankiel's wildness -- he allowed three walks and one hit and threw two wild pitches in a six-batter sequence before he was removed -- to score twice in the first inning. The decisive run, unearned, in their 6-5 victory came in the ninth when Jay Payton singled in pinch-runner Joe McEwing.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.