The 2007 collapse was truly stunning in terms of the sheer rapidity of the Mets plummet and the Phillies rise. To close out that season the Mets were 5-12 and the Phillies were 13-4. All in all, they hade significantly poor output from their pitching, which severely struggled in September.
Throughout the entirety of the year, the Mets had potent output from their offense, however, in their biggest time of need they struggled for timely hitting. John Maine‘s fantastic performance to blank the Marlins gave the Mets hope in the second to last day of their season.
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Maine tossed seven and two thirds truly brilliant innings including only one hit surrendered and fourteen strikeouts. The Mets scored thirteen runs and allowed zero on that day. However, in the end, a deafening blow of the Marlins scoring seven runs off of the diminished Tom Glavine ended the Mets season for good.
The team was on thin ice proceeding forward, as they followed up anear trip to the World Series and a torrid first half of 2007 with an utter embarrassment of a collapse. Therefore, when Willie Randolph was let go in mid-2008 not many were surprised. Although, the Mets found a way to throw people off with the odd timing.
Acquiring Johan Santana was a massive upgrade, but the looming issue that season was severe lack of depth and production in the bullpen. Once again they blew a 3.5 game lead in the division and missed out on an opportunity of the wild card on the last day.
This is memorable for the bitter results and more so for the sequel to the memorable season of 2006. It serves as a reminder of just how quickly success can slip away and how it should be savored.
If the new front office approach, helmed by Brodie Van Wagenen, cannot yield better results 2015 will turn into the next 2006 and prolong the fans’ yearning for a championship.