3 biggest culprits in the Wild Card Series loss

Oct 7, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) hands
Oct 7, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) hands / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have officially been eliminated from playoff contention in the Wild Card Round at the hands of the San Diego Padres. They lost two of three at Citi Field in a series they really shouldn't have been in if they took care of business in September.

Taking out the game that the Mets won, they were outscored 13-1 in the two losses. They mustered just one Pete Alonso single in the final game of their season.

Despite the Mets 101 win season, the team that played better this series was victorious, and that was the 89 win Padres. The Mets have a lot to be proud of for the season they had, but this ending was so disappointing. The bottom line is some of the players the Mets were counting on to take them on a deep October run did not show up.

3) Biggest culprits in the Wild Card Series defeat: The entire offense

It's hard to just pick one player from this offense to point the finger at, so I'll point it at the entire offense. The seven runs in Game 2 were great. I could even argue they should've scored more. They drew nine walks, had nine hits, and were hit by a pitch. They left ten men on.

In the other two games, the Mets had just one run on eight hits. I get that Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove are both all-star caliber pitchers, but the offense just has to produce more.

The Mets had Darvish on the ropes twice in that first game. They had runners on third with less than two outs in each of the first two innings in front of a very loud Citi Field crowd yet they had no runs to show for it.

The Mets managed just two base runners in an elimination game. That's something that can never happen. It's very hard to win two games in a series when the offense scores one run combined in two games.