In the season finale, Miguel Batista and Mike Baxter were the ones who led the Mets to a win. Batista started and completed the shutout, and Baxter crushed a 2-run homer to give the Mets a final record of 77-85.
The main story of the game, however, was Jose Reyes. In what was possibly his final game as a Met, he led off with a bunt single, which pushed his NL-leading average to .337. In a move that drew the ire of the Citi Field crowd, Terry Collins pulled him right after. The fans had every right to be upset there — it’s understandable that they wanted to protect Reyes’ lead for the batting title, but the fans deserved more than that. The guy has been an integral part of the team since being called up in 2003, and just submitted his finest season yet. That kind of tenure needed a fitting salute — the fans should have had the chance to go crazy for him the whole game, and then probably end it with one last standing ovation. But it was his call — Reyes asked to be pulled, so the batting title’s more important to him.
But the game itself was a good win — Batista turned back the clock and dominated the Reds for his first shutout since 2006, allowing no hits after the second inning. Nick Evans drove in the first run before Baxter’s bomb, and Ruben Tejada played his usual sharp defense.
-Ralph Kiner: Good to have him around on the final day.
-Mike Baxter: Nice story for him — a local kid who hit his first major league home run.
-Jose Reyes: If this is his last game in a Mets uniform, it’s been fun watching him these past bunch of years.
-No negatives here. The Mets themselves finished the season on a high note, so this space should too. ‘Till next season (and Sandy, please, find some guys who can pitch in relief).