One-hundred-and-one victories didn’t get the Mets a National League East title. And as it turned out, nor did it grant them immunity from an early exit to the postseason.
The cracks in the Mets that seemed most pronounced in the final weeks of the regular season conspired Sunday night, ending the team’s season with a 6-0 loss to the Padres in Game 3 of the wild-card series before a non-sellout of 39,241 at Citi Field.
Joe Musgrove manhandled the Mets with seven shutout innings. The Mets managed all of one hit and two base runners in the defeat. The franchise’s World Series title drought is extended to 36 seasons.
“This is a kick in the balls,” Max Scherzer said.
If Scherzer’s poor performance in Game 1, when he allowed seven earned runs, wasn’t enough, the Mets got a clunker to close the season from Chris Bassitt, who had control problems.