There was not a happy ending to the 2023 season, as it was announced that Buck Showalter would not manage next year before the game and then the final outing of the season resulted in a 9-1 loss to the Phillies Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. But maybe that’s the ending this season deserved.
It was a close game early, with Jose Butto allowing just 2 ER in 6 IP. He left with the game a 2-1 Phillies lead. But stop me if you heard this one before but the bullpen came to the mound toting gas cans, as Denyi Reyes allowed 5 ER in 2.1 IP, while Anthony Kay served up 2 ER in 0.2 IP, including a 3-run homer.
Butto finishes the year with a 3.64 ERA in 42 IP. In his last five games, Butto allowed 10 ER in 27.1 IP, good for a 3.29 ERA. He also had 9 BB and 28 Ks in that span. He should be in the running for a depth starter or bullpen piece for 2024.
It was another game to forget for the hitters, who managed just two hits on the day. Their only run came on a solo homer by Tim Locastro, who finished the year with a .703 OPS. The Baby Mets went 1-12, with a single by Ronny Mauricio.
DJ Stewart went 0-3 with a strikeout. He finishes the year on a 3-34 (.088) stretch, with 15 KS.
It’s weird to think that Showalter will not be back next year. He showed everyone in 2022 that the in-game moves that a manager makes in the heat of the moment have a real impact on wins and losses, a million times more important than charming the media in press conferences. Showalter had more than a few faults. But hopefully no Mets fan will ever again fall for the con that communication is the most important job of a dugout skipper.