September 30, 2007: Mets Lose Division Title
|Date: September 30, 2007|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Flordia Marlins: 8|
|Winning pitcher: Logan Kensing|
|Key player(s): Cody Ross, Dan Uggla|
|Key play: Marlins' 7 runs in 1st|
Coming into the final game of the year, the Mets found themselves in a tie with the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the National League East Division. Tom Glavine took the mound against the Marlins in hope of extending the Mets' season for at least another day. However, he was knocked out in the first inning and the Marlins rolled to an 8-1 win to eliminate the Mets from a post-season berth.
Glavine walked Hanley Ramirez to lead off the game after being ahead in the count 0-2. After Dan Uggla hit into a forceout, Glavine allowed consecutive singles to Jeremy Hermida and Miguel Cabrera to put the Marlins up 1-0. Cody Ross's double to right then scored two more runs with Ross attempting to go to third on Lastings Milledge's throw to first baseman Carlos Delgado, but Glavine fielded the ball, which was mishandled by catcher Ramon Castro, and threw it to third baseman David Wright, but it went into left field and this error allowed Ross to score to put Florida up 4-0. They then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk and Glavine hit Dontrelle Willis with a pitch to force in a run before being pulled from the game under a shower of boos and jeers. Jorge Sosa relieved Glavine and struck out Ramirez before Uggla's double scored two more runs. Hermida then grounded out to end the inning, but the Marlins were already up 7-0 before the Mets had a chance to bat.
In the bottom of the inning, Luis Castillo hit a one out double off of Willis and moved to third on David Wright's foul ball. After Carlos Beltran singled, Castillo scored on a wild pitch to Moises Alou. The Mets loaded the bases after Alou singled and Delgado was hit by a pitch, but Castro flew out to deep left field to end the inning. The Mets stranded two in the second and three in third, all reaching on walks.
Sosa and Orlando Hernandez held the Marlins scoreless from the second to the fourth innings, allowing just one hit each. Florida added a run in the fifth off of Scott Schoeneweis when Cody Ross hits a leadoff single, moved to second one out later on a walk to Mike Treanor, and scored on Alejandro de Aza's double. Joe Smith came in to relieve Schoeneweis and struck out two batters to end the inning. Smith, Pedro Feliciano, Guillermo Mota, and Aaron Heilman shutout the Marlins for the rest of the game, allowing just two hits.
The bullpen's performance was not enough to inspire the Mets, who managed to get only two hits over the final six innings. Marlins' reliever Kevin Gregg closed out the game with a strikeout of Castillo in the ninth. Minutes later, the news of the Phillies' 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals was reported. After leading the Eastern Division by seven games just two weeks earlier, the Mets' season was over without post-season play and they complete one of the worst late-season collapses in Major League Baseball history.