The Mets have lost to the Florida Marlins, 4-2, and have been knocked out of the playoffs by the same team in back-to-back seasons. Oliver Perez didn’t even last six innings, and the weak bullpen took over and failed. Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala gave up solo home runs that gave the Marlins a two-run lead. Carlos Delgado just missed on an attempt to put the Mets ahead in the eighth inning by crushing a ball to the warning track. In the ninth inning, Ryan Church also nearly went deep to tie the game, but the ball was short at the warning track.
The Brewers came from behind to win their game and snatched the wild card spot from the Mets. They will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS.
Maybe it is just the right time to knock down Shea Stadium. Maybe a change of scenery will help turn things around.
Somewhere, Willie Randolph is having a great day.