Mets Game 162: Win Over Marlins

Mets 4 Marlins 2

Wait till next year!

Mets Game Notes

The Mets salvage the final game of the series to avoid a season-ending sweep. They lost 7 of their last 9 series, finishing the year with a 74-88 record — 14 games under .500. Ouch and yuck. In case you forgot, the Mets’ 2011 record was 77-85. But hey, sometimes you need to take two steps back to take one step forward.

It was an encouraging start for Pat Misch Jeremy Hefner, who pitched a strong 7 1/3 innings. I’d really, really like to say that this outing by Hefner means something, but, in reality, it doesn’t.

Similarly, it doesn’t matter that Andres Torres hit a homerun. I noticed Andres taking some very healthy cuts over the last week, and I imagine he was “airing it out.” And why not? He’s not a stupid man, and realizes he will be non-tendered. When you have nothing to lose, you may as well play that way, and swing from the heels.

Ike Davis hit his 32nd homerun of the year, an opposite-field shot. Again, what does it mean? Not much more than Bobby Parnell gaining his seventh save of the season. This was the ultimate giveaway game; two teams playing out the string and a bunch of players looking to pad their stats. Ho hum.

In non-Mets news, Miguel Cabrera won the AL Triple Crown. Wow. As in, WOW.

Another Miguel — Miguel Batista — is going to the postseason (with the Braves). Wait, what? Wonders never cease.

There’s more to say, I’m sure, but I’m spent. Sound off in the comments.

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