What a fitting end to a disastrous, ugly season. In Terry Collins‘ last game managing the Mets, the team came up empty, falling 11-0 to the last place Phillies. The Mets finished the season with a putrid 70-92 record, their worst since 2009, which coincidentally was the last time this team suffered such an epidemic of injuries.
The lone positive from this game is that Noah Syndergaard started and pitched a brilliant two innings, allowing no hits, striking out two and hitting 101 mph on the radar gun. This gives us hope for next season when he and Jacob deGrom should form a formidable 1-2 punch atop our rotation. Unfortunately, Chris Flexen quickly destroyed any good feelings with a one-inning shellacking that put the Mets in a 6-0 hole. Rafael Montero looked good for two innings, but fell apart in his third, allowing another five runs to score and putting the game way out of reach. On offense, the Mets managed just two hits in a hitters’ ballpark against four pitchers most fans have never heard of before. Blech.
It’s a shame Collins’ seven-year tenure had to end on such a sour note – both thanks to this turd of a game and the Newsday article that blasted him via anonymous clubhouse quotes. Collins’ will reportedly resign and accept a front office position. Now Mets fans can spend the next five months speculating on who will replace Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen and the many good players we traded away to save money in a lost season.
Try to enjoy the playoffs. There are some good teams this year. This particular Mets fan will be rooting for Cleveland. Stay tuned to Mets360. There will be tons of off-season talk about who should come back, what players we can add, and how we can find a way to get back to the playoffs in 2018. Let’s go Mets!