Sure, the games don’t mean a whole lot now considering the Mets don’t have any playoff implications on the line, but on a night when Matt Harvey was masterful and with David Wright hitting the go ahead home run in the 6th inning, it would be have been a good sendoff for Harvey in his final start if the Mets could have held on and given the home faithful something to get excited about.
That was not to be the case on this evening, as Ryan Howard of the hated Phillies clubbed a two-run home run off Josh Edgin with two outs in the 9th inning to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Jonathan Papelbon would then slam the door in the 9th and that was all she wrote. It would have nice for the Mets to play spoiler, but they let the Phillies live to see another day in their playoff quest while simultaneously twisting the knife further into the hearts of Mets’ fans.
I’m not one who likes to pile on ( I really do consider myself an eternal optimist), but I’m desperately trying to find some silver linings in September, but I find myself coming up empty. The Mets are certainly not doing anything to entertain their home base as their wretched play at Citi Field is reaching embarrassing levels. The Mets have dropped eight in a row at home and are now 4-24 in their last 28 home games. The Mets have not scored more than four runs in a game at home since August 12.
Have you seen Citi Field lately? It looks like a ghost town. Attendance has been abysmal. The Mets are lucky to draw over 20,000 these days. About the only draw to come to the park these days is to see R.A. Dickey, who is trying to achieve 20 wins while perhaps capturing the NL Cy Young, pitch. But even that couldn’t help the attendance all that much, as on Monday only 20,527 came out to the ballpark to see Dickey pitch. Compare that to when the Phillies came to town on July 3rd when the Mets were in the midst of playing their best ball when 42,516 came out to the ballpark.
The Mets should be thankful that many in attendance this week were fans of Philadelphia. Just imagine how bleak it will look when the Marlins and the Pirates come to town in the coming days.
As we all strive to be positive, it’s just so disheartening that the Mets can’t put up a better fight at home. While the Mets will finish under .500 once again, it would have been nice to have some momentum heading into 2013 if they could finish on a high note, but between injuries, inconsistency and now Harvey being shut down, there is little hope these days.
Hey, but at least there are six more road games this year!
Follow me on Twitter @Stacdemon