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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.

Congrats to Pete Flynn, retiring after 50 years as a groundskeeper (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a 13 inning marathon Tuesday night. Chris Capuano pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen couldn’t secure a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning. The Mets offense had chances in the ninth and thirteenth innings to walk-off, but couldn’t push the envelope. In the end, the deciding run scored on a squeeze play in the top of the thirteenth. With one game remaining in the 2011 season, the Mets fall to 76-85. 

Reyes jogged around the bases twice on Tuesday night.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday night. Chris Schwinden pitched five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Mets offense rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. With a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, Tim Byrdak and Josh Stinson gave up three runs to put them down by two. The Mets fell short a run as their record goes to 76-84 on the season.

When Reyes' uniform is dirty, you know he had a huge game.

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The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes.  With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card.  The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.

Later, Cap (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee gave up the first run of the game in the third inning on a Chipper Jones (no surprise there) double. However, the Mets bats took charge in the fourth inning putting up a four spot. Gee quickly gave away the lead when he allowed three more runs to cross in the bottom of the inning. His final line was 4 1/3 innings yielding four runs on eight hits and five walks along with four strikeouts. With the game tied in the seventh, Freddie Freeman put the Braves up a run with an RBI single. The Mets responded again with two runs in their following turn at bat for a 6-5 lead. Bobby Parnell bridged the lead to Manny Acosta, who recorded his second save of the season en route to a series win against the Braves. 

Ruben Tejada deserves the game ball for his performance today at the plate.

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Larry Jones did what he always does against the Mets — kill them late in a game.  In this one, the hit came with 2 outs in the 8th to drive in Jason Heyward for the winning score.  The Mets drop to 72-80 with the loss.

This one was a great pitcher’s duel between Tim Hudson and R. A. Dickey.  It also showed the difference between good teams and mediocre teams.  The Braves, likely headed for extra games in October, did what they needed to grab the close W.  In the late stages of a scoreless game, Heyward led off the 8th by working a walk, got bunted over to second, and then got driven in by Larry.  That would be enough to sink the Mets’ overwhelmed lineup, which was dominated by Hudson and Craig Kimbrel (a combined 13 K’s).

At least the defense was sharp (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

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The Nationals completed a 4-game sweep of the Mets at Citi Field and leapfrogged the Mets for 3rd place in the NL East.  The Mets are now 8 games under .500, at 71-79.

Really, what’s to say about this game (or the series, for that matter)?  After playing inspired baseball for most of the year, this team now looks like it just wants October to get here already so they can hit the golf courses.  The offense scored 1 run (they’ve scored a combined 5 runs in this series), the defense committed another 2 errors, and the bullpen got rocked for 8 runs.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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The Nats beat the Mets for the third straight game, as David Wright‘s third-inning error opened the floodgates for the only 2 runs of the game to score.  The Mets are limping to the finish line with their 4th straight loss, and 6th in their last 7 games.  They are now 71-78 on the season.

Mike Pelfrey was solid tonight, but Nats rookie Brad Peacock was a little better.  Peacock (and the rest of the Nats pitchers) shut out the Mets, while Pelfrey gave up 2 runs (both unearned).  The Mets had their chances with runners on base, but just couldn’t get anyone in, batting 1-11 with runners in scoring position.  Jose Reyes lined out to Rick Ankiel (who made a nice diving grab) with 2 on to end the game.

Chin up, Jose. There's always the batting title. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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Willie Harris hit a 2-run tiebreaking single as part of a 4-run 6th to rally the Mets past the Nats.  The Mets now move to 68-70 on the season.

Mike Pelfrey struggled through his 4 1/3 innings of work (3 runs allowed), but the Mets were able to tag Livan Hernandez with the loss (in what looks to be his last start as a Nat).  While they are using this part of the season to see what they have for their future, it’s encouraging to see that these games aren’t being mailed in (8-2 over their last 10).  Young guys like Lucas Duda (smacked his 9th homer of the year) and Ruben Tejada (2 RBI’s on a hit) are taking the stage now to make their case for playing time in 2012.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 6-0 victory Friday night. The Mets offense compiled fourteen hits, while Chris Capuano pitched a complete game two-hitter. They are now 62-68 on the season and look to turn their success into a winning streak on Monday.

Capuano pumps his fist after the best start of his career.

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