Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. What can be said about the 2007 season? The Marlins didn’t live up to their potential after a surprising 2006 season. It was Fredi Gonzalez first season as the Marlins skipper and Miguel Cabrera’s and Dontrelle Willis’ last season as Marlins. The Marlins finished 71-91, but the finish is what brings us to moment 42: The Marlins spoil the New York Mets playoffs hopes.
With 17 games left in the season the Mets had a 7 game lead in the NL East. They were poised to make the playoffs, but slowing they were starting to crumble. By September 30, 2007 the Mets lost their 7 game lead and were tied for first with the Philadelphia Phillies. All the Mets had to do was beat the Marlins in Shea. Pretty easy considering they just came off a 13-0 win the night before and Tom Glavine was on the mound. Well…
The game did not start in the Mets favor as Glavine gave up 7 runs to the Marlins in the first inning. The Mets tried to make a comeback but could only come up with a run in the 1st off a D-Train wild pitch that scored Luis Castillo. The next 8 innings didn’t fare much better as the Marlins threw Logan Kensing, Justin Miller, Renyel Pinto, Matt Lindstrom, and Kevin Gregg at the Mets to make sure they didn’t make a comeback. Alejandro De Aza would add on one more run in the 5th singling in Cody Ross to give the Marlins an 8-1 lead. After that the Mets went quietly, going 1-2-3 in 3 of the 4 last innings. The Marlins spoiled the Mets playoffs hopes.
It’s fun to play spoiler, and I think moment 41 tomorrow was a bigger spoiler. Join me tomorrow and find out what I’m talking about.