The Mets finished the season with more wins than losses — and that’s all that matters.
11 — Wins in September
While the Mets were probably emotionally out of the playoff race come September, mathematically, they were still very much in it. Just five games back of the Atlanta Braves going into the month, they had an opportunity to play themselves into the postseason with a good month.
They started the month off alright, winning some the games they were supposed to versus the Marlins and Nationals — but still probably losing more than they should. Then, they followed that up by losing 10 of 11 games to the Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies and Brewers. Then, that was it. Book closed on the season. The Mets had one last chance to play winning baseball and save their season, and they couldn’t get it done.
1 — Winning record vs. a playoff team
If you want to make the playoffs, you have to beat good teams. The 2021 Mets didn’t do that. Of the 10 teams that made the playoffs, the Mets played eight of them throughout the season. Here are their records vs. those teams.
0-4 vs. the Boston Red Sox
0-3 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays
1-6 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers
1-5 vs. the San Francisco Giants
2-5 vs. The St. Louis Cardinals
2-4 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers
9-10 vs. the Atlanta Braves
4-2 vs. the New York Yankees
The only playoff team the Mets beat more times than they lost to was the New York Yankees. The Yankees lost the Wild Card game to the Red Sox and were out of the playoffs after one game.
You don’t beat good teams, you don’t make the playoffs. In 2021 the Mets didn’t beat good teams.
And there it is. 2021 reasons why the Mets did not make the playoffs in 2021. Really though, all these reasons are just saying one thing — they sucked. That’s it, plain and simple.
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The New York Mets were a bad baseball team in 2021.