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New York Mets: Top 10 teams to never win a World Series

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The World Series trophy is hoisted in the air during the 2018 World Series victory parade for the Boston Red Sox on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO – AUGUST 3: Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets waits on base during the game against the Chicago Cubs on August 3, 2007 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

10 – 2007 and 2008

The heartbreak of the 2007 and 2008 Mets is fresh for many. Although this is supposed to be a top ten list, I’m going to break the rules and pair the 2007 and 2008 teams together. Unfortunately, your chest still hurts as to why.

Both years, the Mets collapsed late and let the Philadelphia Phillies win the division. In 2007, with 88 wins, they finished one game back. The Mets went on to win 89 games in 2008 but ended up 3 behind the eventual World Series-winning Philadelphia team.

The 2007 club included many leftovers from the 2006 team that lost in the NLCS. Carlos Beltran and David Wright both had a fantastic year. Veteran first baseman Carlos Delgado also provided them with a lot of power. The combination of Wright and Reyes was at an all-time high. Both scored over 100 runs.

One year later, the story was very much the same. Beltran, Wright, and Delgado all drove in over 100 runs. The offense was about as elite as it could get. Some misfortune and a shallow pitching staff are what led to the demise.

The 2007 Mets lacked the punch in the rotation needed to compete. John Maine and Oliver Perez were their best starts. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the Hall of Fame season from Tom Glavine they needed.

In 2008, with Johan Santana now on the club to replace Glavine and a healthier Pedro Martinez back, things should have gone differently. They didn’t. While Santana pitched incredibly well, Mike Pelfrey was the second most productive arm on the staff.

When we look back at these two teams, they are practically a mirror-image of one another. The focus on offense led to a great record, but the lack of pitching prevented them from capitalizing on it.

Two teams we wish we could love more go down in the history books as a pair who didn’t have enough.

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