Goodbye Shea: Mets Lose Final Game, Miss Playoffs

Patrick MurraySenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2008

For the second straight year, the Mets lost the final game of the season at home against the Florida Marlins. A win by the Milwaukee Brewers means that, for the second straight year, the Mets will miss the playoffs by one game.

The bullpen doomed New York again when Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala surrendered back-to-back home runs to Wes Helms and Dan Uggla to give the Marlins a 4-2 win.

Ryan Church flew out to deep right-centerfield with a man on in the ninth to end the final game at Shea Stadium and break Mets fans' hearts.

You can point to many different close games this year that the Mets could have won to put them in the playoffs, but they just didn't get the job done. They weren't clutch enough. The offense didn't score enough late in games, and the bullpen couldn't pitch well when they were needed the most.

It's no mystery why the Mets failed to make the playoffs, but it was a valiant effort to recover from a slow start and a midseason managerial change to be in contention on the final day of the season. At least the final game at Shea was a meaningful one.

It's time to close the book on this chapter of Mets history. Next year a new one will begin across the street at Citi Field.

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