A three-game sweep capped by a 16-1 ambush, resulting in exactly no ground gained the National League Wild Card, can be quite frustrating, but needling the pathetic Mets never gets old.
Here are the morning highlights courtesy of Comcast SportsNet partner, Metsblog: “ 'This team never came back from vacation after the All Star break,' Bobby Ojeda said during tonight’s post-game show on SNY. Mets skipper Terry Collins acknowledged being embarrassed by the loss and said, if you want to know if this team has quit, ‘You’ve got to ask them. I have my own opinion, but I’m not going to express it publicly. … I’m not inside their heads.' ”
The Mets were officially eliminated from post-season contention with the loss and move on to take on the Marlins in a battle between division doormats.
Beerleaguer: Say what you want about 76-74, but at least the Phillies kept playing this season, unlike the Mets, who fell to an embarrassing and unfathomable 4-24 mark at home in the second half. No wonder that place was wasteland. I can't remember seeing anything quite like that in New York. The Phils lost three of four to baseball's worst team? No, this is baseball's worst team and the weakest effort we've seen this season. Yeesh. The cream always rises to the top, and the sediment sinks to the bottom. I'm eager to see how the Phils deal with the tougher schedule that's ahead. The Marlins, Astros and Mets doesn't make for an accurate litmus test. I know many of us predicted a sweep, and Thursday's 16-1 paddling says more about the Mets than it does about the Phils.