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The Mets played the final game ever at Shea Stadium yesterday, and lost to the Marlins, 4-2. It was the usual suspects that let them down: their bullpen and inconsistent offense. I’m sure many will call it another collapse, but if the Mets would have made the playoffs it would have been a miracle. With the worst bullpen in baseball, no closer, infielders playing the outfield and backups of backups starting, how did the Phillies not win the division by 10 games?

In yesterday’s contest, Oliver Perez, pitching on three days rest, went five and a third innings. For the first five innings he was great – it was the other third that was the problem. He ended up letting in two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking three. At least he didn’t pull a Tom Glavine. He kept his team in the game, which was all the Mets were hoping for. Jerry Manuel went through six relievers with mixed results. Four of them came through and two didn’t. Scott Schoeneweis faced one batter but apparently it was one batter too many, when Wes Helms cracked a homer to break up a 2-2 tie. Luis Ayala was next and promptly served up a dinger to Dan Uggla.

And again the offense didn’t show up. Carlos Beltran blasted a two-run bomb to tie things up in the sixth, but that was it for the bats. They only totaled four measly hits. Carlos Delgado flew out to deep left with two runners on in the eighth, and Ryan Church (who had struck out in his last six at-bats) knocked one to the edge of the warning track to end the game. But close doesn’t count.

They’ll probably be labeled as chokers who authored another collapse. But they battled their way back into contention and had to fight their own bullpen every game. In the end, they just weren’t good enough. Their fate was sealed when Endy Chavez made what seemed like another game-saving, spectacular catch. The Mets never win when he does that.

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  1. 1 On September 29th, 2008, gozer said:

    I agree completely. This year didn’t feel at all like 2007. If anything it felt more like 2006 or even ’99 when the team battled and battled and ultimately seemed to run out of magic fairy dust. In a lot of ways it was a proper send-off for Shea, because isn’t this what the Mets do? Isn’t this what the franchise is all about? The Mets aren’t comfortable with success. That lead last September was just too large, the road ahead too easy, time and space threatened to collapse had the Mets not fallen on their faces. Now we can add 2008 to the pantheon of Amazin’ disappointments. At least this was a group of which I can remain proud.

    Btw, I’ve found a new top rival. I hate the Phillies, but after two years in a row of this horse manure, I HATE HATE HATE the marlins.

  2. 2 On September 29th, 2008, kwame said:

    I get that they were injured, and agreed that they battled and played hard. Nobody can dispute the effort, but the bottom line is a playoff spot where there for the taking and they didn’t close the deal. They weren’t the underdog and overmatched, they played bad baseball against teams like Pittsburgh, Washington, Florida and Chicago’s backups.

  3. 3 On October 15th, 2008, Rafael Sanchez said:

    How can we expect miracles if done nothing to strenghthen the bullpen and end blaming the managers for not comming thru if not provided with the appropiate resources; Learn from the tampa bay team and their budget which has inspired all those young players to play ball and not concentrate to much on outrageous salaries as those other teams normally do. Fans are more concentrated on excellence rather than material things; It seems upper management is more concentrated on profiling the kind of fans that should go to the stadiums and enjoy the ball game rather than giving everyone the opportunity to go to the stadiums and support the players.

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