Skip to main content

Walk-off predictions: NLCS

Since our LDS predictions were successful though not accurate, we thought it appropriate to give it another go for the League Championship Series, and to expand our prognostications to cover some of the most unique walk-offs in LCS history. We believe that the Mets will become the first team to win all of its games in a postseason series in walk-off fashion, and they'll do so in this manner.

Game 1: Lifelong Mets admirer, 14-year-old Louie Govnor earns his place in Mets fans hearts, lunging to the edge of the bleachers in the 8th inning to catch David Wright's long fly ball, an admirable feat considering the degree of difficulty . Tony La Russa pleads for a fan interference call to no avail, despite replays showing he's right, and Wright's drive is ruled a game-tying home run. Carlos Beltran sends everyone home for the night, wrapping a drive around the foul pole in left field against Tyler Johnson in the 11th inning.

Game 2: In one of the weirdest endings you'll see in a postseason game, the Mets earn a victory. Willie Randolph, after two years of shunning such a move, tries to squeeze in the winning run. Though Paul Lo Duca misses the ball, the pitch takes an odd bounce away from catcher Yadier Molina and Jose Valentin gets credit for a steal of home as he charges in with the victorious run.

Game 6: Score tied, 9th inning, with the Cardinals needing a win to clinch the series. Howie Rose yells out "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" as Jose Reyes sends the Mets to Game 7 by uncorking a home run down the right field line. Reyes sets a new standard for walk-off celebratory behavior by doing a backflip onto home plate, a la "The Wizard."

Game 7: The Mets trail 2-0 in the 9th inning against Chris Carpenter but stage a rally. David Wright's just-miss grand slam turns into a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 2-1. With the bases loaded and one out, Willie Randolph turns to Michael Tucker, who pops out to move the Cardinals within an out of victory. The Mets are now in the most precarious of positions, and with the pitcher up, there's only one position player left to bat. Anderson Hernandez earns his place in baseball history alongside Francisco Cabrera, by lining a base hit to left field. The game is assured of being tied, but now the season has come down to one thing- the arm of Preston Wilson against the legs of Carlos Delgado. The throw is a very good one, but just a hair up the line. Delgado slides in, beating the tag by an eyelash. The pennant belongs to the Mets.

Mike Steffanos of Mike's Mets ...

"David Wright's 2-out single in the bottom of the ninth of game 6 drives in Jose Reyes with the tie-breaking run that gives the Mets a convincing 4-2 NLCS win over the Cardinals. As the Mets celebrate, FOX cuts back to the studio where their crack analysis team "proves" that the Cards were the superior team and the Mets were just lucky. Fortunately, none of us Mets fans have to listen to this, as we've had the TV volume turned off and our radios tuned to WFAN all night."

Barry Federovitch says...

"NLCS Game 2: John Maine starts and yields a two-run homer to Preston Wilson in the first inning. Maine settles down, but allows a third run in the fifth and leaves down 3-0. Jeff Suppan has the Mets baffled, but in the fifth (with a light rain falling most of the game), the wet surface helps get the Mets back in it. After Endy Chavez singles, pinch-hitter Michael Tucker's check-swing toward third is handled by Scott Spiezio. Spiezio loses his grip of the wet ball and heaves it down the right-field line, scoring Chavez and sending Tucker to second. By the end of the inning, the Mets trail 3-2. The Mets gain a 5-3 lead on a Carlos Delgado homer in the seventh, but in the top of the eighth, the wet terrain costs the Mets. Aaron Heilman slips on the grass and comes down hard on his right wrist and must leave the game. Roberto Hernandez must enter in an emergency situation and yields a two-run homer to Juan Encarnacion, tying the game.It's 5-5, bottom of the ninth, with one out. David Wright hits a high shot to straightaway center. Edmonds looks up... and the Mets have a 6-5 walk-off win. They lead the series 2-0 en route to the pennant."

Anthony De Rosa of Hotfoot says...

"Cliff Floyd pinch hitting, 9th inning, Game 2, down 2, with 3 on and 2 outs. The team carries him around the bases as he's too hobbled to run."

(blogger's note: we were gonna save our Kirk Gibson moment for the World Series, but that pick is ok by us.)

Bob Sikes of Getting Paid to Watch says...

"A la Lenny Dykstra, with the Mets down one game to none at home and down a run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 2, Michael Tucker hits a two-run walk-off HR off Adam Wainwright to tie the series at 1-1."


Popular posts from this blog

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for wh

The 'Duca of Earl (and walk-offs)

If I told you that the Mets had just obtained a guy who is a career .316 hitter with runners in scoring position? How about if I told you that the Mets just traded for a hitter who has consistently ranked among the toughest in baseball to strike out? Or if I mentioned that the Mets just dealt for a player who was selected to the NL All-Star team the last three seasons, with the last honor coming via a vote by his peers? So, although he's on the down side age wise, his throwing arm isn't as good as it used to be, and he doesn't provide much power, there are a lot of good things that Paul Lo Duca brings to the New York Mets. For example: He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team The Dodgers and Braves squared off on August 23, 2002 and Lo Duca made an impact both on the start and finish of this game. Three pitches after being dusted by Greg Maddux, Lo Duca made him pay with a first-inning home run. The Braves rallied to tie the game, 3-3 in the ninth, but their bu