The Mets mounted their biggest ninth-inning road comeback since 1973 (when Willie Mays delivered the go-ahead blow). This time, they startled the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The six-run frame lifted the Mets to an 8-6 win and dropped St. Louis two games behind the idle Atlanta Braves in the wild-card race. The Cardinals appeared poised to pull within a game before the collapse -- great shape considering they close the season with series against the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.
“Don’t make a mistake and say we’re heartbroken,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told St. Louis reporters afterward. “Our heart’s beating. We won the series. Get ready for tomorrow.”
Friday's news reports:
• Chris Capuano said he was unaware until after Thursday's start against the Cardinals that Sandy Alderson had discussed trading him to the Boston Red Sox in recent days. Capuano -- a Springfield, Mass., native -- would not have been eligible for the postseason, but would have helped Boston limp to the finish line by starting Sunday against the Yankees. Read more in Newsday, the Post, Journal and Star-Ledger.
• SI.com reported the Mets are not likely to extend Terry Collins' contract anytime soon, but the Daily News reports the 2013 team option could be picked up within 10 days. Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that team officials are not ready to guarantee the full coaching staff will be back, which will lead to speculation about Dan Warthen. The News continues to speculate third base coach Chip Hale might bolt to join friend Bob Melvin's staff in Oakland, which could land Triple-A manager Tim Teufel or Double-A manager Wally Backman on the staff.
• With a decsion expected from Judge Jed S. Rakoff by the end of the month whether to toss all or part of the $1 billion Bernard Madoff-related suit, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz as investors are profiled in the Times. Write Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson:
Wilpon and one of his senior partners say they were aware of investigations of Madoff by the Securities and Exchange Commission but were always comforted that nothing seemed to come of them. Katz, for his part, even appears to make light of his investing I.Q. With a mix of pugnacity and pride, Katz testified that he had earned nothing more than a 2.1 grade-point average at Brooklyn College. He testified that he had not bought stock on his own in 19 years and “got killed” trading stock options a quarter-century ago. “I’m not good at it,” he said. “It’s not my business.”
• Lucas Duda did not play Thursday, but suggested he felt fine a day after becoming dizzy crashing into the outfield wall.
BIRTHDAYS: Long Island native/Fordham product Pete Harnisch, who went 10-21 for the Mets 55 appearances (54 starts) in the mid-'90s, turns 45.