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Mets End Season with Historic Collapse

According to the New York Times, after being eliminated from playoff contention, the New York Mets finished what was “one of the biggest collapses in baseball history.? The 8-1 loss to the Florida Marlins, coupled with the Philadelphia Phillie’s 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals about five minutes later, completed the “embarrassment.? With 17 games remaining in the season, the Mets had a seven game lead in the division standings. The Mets went 5-12 to finish the season as the Phillies finished 13-4, with faltering pitching and defense to blame. “Sunday, Tom Glavine, the 41-year-old veteran was charged with seven runs, leaving after one-third of an inning, the second shortest outing of his 21-season career. Mets manager Willie Randolph said, “We spit away an opportunity to win the division. It’s going to be a tough winter living with that.? Management must now evaluate personnel to consider what changes should be made for next season. “It hurts. But at the same time, we did it to ourselves. It’s not like it blindsides us. We gradually let this thing slip away,? said Mets third-baseman, David Wright.

According to USA Today, “The collapse is complete for the New York Mets after blowing a big September lead in the NL East, causing the team to miss the playoffs. The Mets completed their “meltdown? Sunday after Tom Glavine was tagged for seven runs during the first inning of an 8-1 loss to the Florida Marlins in the regular-season finale.? New York's loss coupled with Philadelphia's 6-1 win over Washington gave the division title to the Phillies and sent the stunned Mets home for the winter wondering how they squandered a seven-game cushion over the final 18 days of an excruciating season. No major league team had owned a lead of seven games or more with 17 to play, or been up by at least seven on Sept. 12 or later, and failed to finish in first place.? After Luis Castillo struck out to end the game and the Phillies victory was posted on the scoreboard “Mets fans filed for the exits, quietly muttering to themselves.?
These two articles contain the same message, with the New York Times going further in-depth, to provide the local audience with more coverage. The New York Times added more details about the collapse, including an outlook for next season.