It was win or go home for the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres, as 39.421 all packed Citi Field to see what these 2022 Mets would do.
With starter Chris Bassitt on the mound, many watching in person and from afar all waited and held their breath.
It did not take the San Diego Padres very long to stun the Mets fanbase, as in the Top of the Second Inning Austin Nola plated two runs on a single to left field, leaving all in a daze.
The Padres were not quite finish as the combination of timely hitting along with a masterful pitching performance by ace Joe Musgrove helped to propel the visiting side to a 6-0 victory, along with a LDS matchup with California and NL West Rival the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trent Grisham, who will be forever remembered for his play against the Mets, once again came through in the clutch not only with his hitting but also a spectacular play in the outfield. Grisham added to the Padres lead in the Top of the Fourth Inning with an RBI single to center field.
San Diego increased their leads in the Top of the Fifth and Eighth as stars Manny Machado and new acquisition Juan Soto were able to drive in runs, while putting the final dagger into the hearts of many Mets fans.
New York’s offense could not figure out starter Musgrove, who pitched seven innings and striking out five batters. The righty who hails from San Diego, has been a part of Padres history in the past. Musgrove, who grew up cheering for the team and watching the likes of Jake Peavy, threw the first no-hitter in the 53-year history of the team on April 9, 2021.
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following New York Mets Post Game Press Conference from after the 6-0 loss to the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the Wild Card Series at Citi Field. Video features thoughts from starting pitcher Chris Bassitt along with Manager Buck Showalter.
Musgrove almost had a no-hitter against the Mets in the postseason, as it was a master class on how to mix up pitches. The lone hit for New York came in the Bottom of the Fifth, when Pete Alonso was able to rip one to right field.
After that New York continued to struggle not only against Musgrove, but also relief pitchers Robert Suarez and Josh Hader.
As the San Diego Padres allow for the joy of moving on to the next round to sink in, while also starting to prepare for what should be a thrilling LDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. There are a ton of mixed emotions throughout the New York Mets and their fanbase. As not only the players but all who followed the team are waking up from an 6-0 loss, after a season that had featured 101 victories and so many amazing moments for the franchise.
Emotions of feeling upset for the most part that a team with so much potential led to such an early exit, but there are also many others who had felt that the season was more of a success especially when winning 101 games is not an easy feat.
There will probably be some time to process emotions and see how the rest of the Playoffs playout before any of the big questions have to be answered. Questions like what will happen to ace Jacob deGrom as he has the option to opt out of his contract with the Mets. Questions like what will happen to outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who is a free agent.
These are just two of the questions that are on the table for a Mets management team and ownership group who had projected that in 3-5 years to have a team contending for a Championship. Owner Steve Cohen bought the team in 2020 has made some big moves bringing in names like Max Scherzer and Manager Buck Showalter to change the culture of the team.
While this season is one of a ton of highs, there is still a ton of work that Cohen and the rest of the management group will hopefully do in order for the Mets to take that next step and eventually make it to that World Series Championship.
For now, fans will have to wait and count down the days till the start of the 2023 Season.
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