Bottom of the sixth, two outs, one on, and Carlos Beltran was up. He belted a two-run home run to tie the game at 2-2, on the 162nd game of the season against Florida.
There was hope for the Mets and their fans, and then the bullpen took over, and the Mets were eliminated by the Florida Marlins for the second-straight season. Not only did the bullpen blow it, but as soon as they did, the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs to win them the wild card.
The Yankees, on the other hand, had two teams to climb over this year, not just one, and they could not do it. Hurt by a bad bullpen early in the year, and a big amount of old age/injuries really hurt them this season.
Jeter started slow, A-rod still looks lost in the clutch, and they dug themselves too big of a hole to climb above the Rays and Red Sox. The Yankees at least had a nice ceremony to close out their stadium, while Shea stadium had their ceremony AFTER the Mets were eliminated—nice going!
Both teams with high aspirations this year couldn't get it done. The Mets, after getting Johan Santana, could not get the job done, with the 'pen blowing 30 games, even after Carlos Beltran told Jimmy Rollins "we're the team to beat" before the season started.
I wonder what he's saying now, since Philly is on its way to the WS. The Yankees always make the playoffs, and the fans did not expect less before the year started
If the Mets had a bullpen, this could have very well been the year. It wasn't.
Now, you have to wonder: Where do both teams move from here?
The Mets have a lot of problems across the board.
The Yankees need to get younger, and they don't have the farm system that has major-league-ready talent.
After disappointing seasons, one thing is for sure: Both teams have a lot of work to do, and they better do it fast.