As for Callaway, the Mets seem to be trying to calm the waters around him, putting the word out that he’ll likely be back next season, but at this point that means little, depending almost entirely on whether the rookie manager makes strides to avoid the embarrassing mistakes that marked his first half.
In other words, he wasn’t apologizing for anything, and, who knows, maybe there is some intangible issue with him and the Nationals. They’ve never been able to get over the hump in the postseason, and with Harper limping toward his ballyhooed free agency, their season is in trouble as they lag behind the Phillies and Braves in the NL East.
We’ll probably never see a more selfless player than Sabathia was during his two months in Milwaukee, as he pitched the Brewers to their first postseason since 1982. An impending free agent, Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA, threw seven complete games, three of them shutouts, and made each of his last three starts on three days rest, pushing his innings total to 253 for the year.
Nimmo, who was given the night off after slumping lately, came up to pinch-hit after Rosario doubled with two outs in the 10th, and Jose Reyes walked. He jumped on a first-pitch curveball from Mark Leiter, sending it deep over the wall in right and did his typical sprint around the bases, all smiles as always.
The Mets had evaluated him as “a lefthanded-hitting T.J. Rivera” going into this season, according to one person, and that’s not such a bad thing in itself, considering Rivera, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, forced his way to the majors as a contact-type .300 hitter, even though he didn’t walk enough to have the high on-base percentage that Sandy Alderson preferred.