Marlins 4 Mets 2
Too little, too late.
Oliver Perez pitched well, but was no Johan Santana. Carlos Beltran was clutch, but was no Ryan Howard. David Wright, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Church, and Jose Reyes combined for two hits in 16 at-bats. Those two and the two by Beltran represented the complete output of the Mets offense for the day.
As a result, the Florida Marlins eliminated the New York Mets from playoff competition in the last game of the season for the second straight year.
To add insult to injury, the most crushing loss of 2008 was a prelude to the “celebration” of Shea Stadium’s closing. What a weird way to say goodbye.
Endy Chavez made a spectacular snare of a line drive in the seventh to save a run — possibly the second-best catch of his career. Endy is destined to make great catches in losing ballgames.
The Mets open the 2009 season in Cincinnati on April 6th. We’ll have plenty to discuss here between now and then.
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