5 Mets players remembered for letting the team down when it mattered most

Starting pitcher Kenny Rogers of the New York Mets
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3) NY Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was the big game pitcher who came up small

Tom Glavine turned heel on the Braves and joined the Mets at the start of the 2003 season. This was a transitional phase of the franchise and after a rough first year, Glavine actually began to pitch well. He was an All-Star in 2004 and again in 2006 with a solid season in between. 

Glavine even pitched well for the team during the 2006 postseason. Unfortunately, he is most remembered for his final Mets start.

Entering the day in need of a win, Glavine’s year was going okay. He hadn’t been so good in some recent starts. Earlier in the month, Glavine held a 13-6 record and 3.88 ERA. He got knocked around by the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals before the infamous Game 162 start in the last game ever at Shea Stadium.

We don’t need to relive the specifics of this one. Tied with the Philadelphia Phillies at 88-73 at the start of the day, the epic collapse completed when Glavine failed to get out of the first inning against a Marlins team that would finish just 71-91 on the year. Glavine was pounded for 7 earned runs in his one-third of an inning. It’s a huge disappointment because despite success in previous years with the team, this blown opportunity remains the most memorable of his stint in New York.