The season is over for the New York Mets.
The Mets (66-83) were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday, September 20, but that's not what I'm writing about. The season is over, as in the Mets have given up, stopped playing, stopped trying, stopped caring. And it's painfully obvious to anyone crazy enough to watch them play.
Take last night's game, for instance. Behind an eight-run first inning and seven-run ninth, the Philadelphia Phillies embarrassed the Mets, 16-1, before a small gathering at Citi Field. The Phillies banged out 21 hits against the Mets, who in return managed one run on three hits against Phillies no-name starter Tyler Cloyd, who pitched eight innings. Cloyd is no Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels.
''I saw some things tonight that were unacceptable,'' manager Terry Collins told the Associated Press. ''No disrespect to Tyler Cloyd, none whatsoever, but three hits? Please. We're better than that."
Are they really?
New York has lost 11 of its last 12 games and nine straight at home, where the team is 4-23 since the All-Star break. And they have looked apathetic in the process. The Mets have scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 16 straight home games. Furthermore, they have been outscored 148-61 in the second half of the season in front of the home fans. Even with the lack of talent on the roster, how is that possible? The only explanation has to be lack of effort. So have the Mets quit?
''You have to ask them," Collins said. "I have my own opinion. And I'm not going to express it publicly.''
Let me say it for you, Terry.
The Mets have mailed it in.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.Sources
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