Worst NY Mets loss of the 2000s: Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS
Losing in the 2000 World Series was deflating but it wasn’t the worst of the 2000s. There’s even an argument to make that a regular season loss in 2007 or 2008 was more painful. Out of all of those bad moments, one particular pitch stands out.
There’s something about Game 7s that hurt more. It was in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS when the Mets faced the St. Louis Cardinals that we got a memorably bad moment. You remember the situation perfectly, still, and see it in your nightmares. Adam Wainwright freezes Carlos Beltran with a curveball. Strike three is called.
What made this loss especially painful was how good this Mets team was. They had a serious shot to win a championship. Instead, the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers.
Worst NY Mets loss of the 2010s: Game 1 of the 2015 World Series
The run to the 2015 World Series was spectacular for the Mets. The World Series itself wasn’t so wonderful. That’s because the Kansas City Royals were the victors.
The worst loss of the series came in Game 1. A fight that took over five hours and lasted into the 14th inning was right there for the Mets to win. An Alex Gordon home run in the bottom of the ninth with one out tied things up. The game dragged on and in the bottom of the 14th, the Mets saw themselves fall behind in the series.
An error, a single, and an intentional walk loaded the bases. With nowhere for pitcher Bartolo Colon to put Eric Hosmer, the Royals first baseman hit a flyball into right field deep enough to knock in the winning run.
This game was a sign of things to come. Errors, blown saves, and extra inning losses were too common for the Mets that autumn.