If the Mets needed a reminder of what could have been, it was laid plain before them Wednesday night at Citi Field. Their best pitcher, Jacob deGrom, offered a final, convincing (and possibly superfluous) argument for a second consecutive National League Cy Young Award. Their best hitter, Pete Alonso, bashed his 51st home run to move within one of Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie record. Their talent saturated the diamond.
On their 158th try, the Mets played one of their most complete games of the season in a 10-3 thumping of the Marlins — the kind that made those in attendance wonder, with some measure of seriousness, how this collection of players could ever lose. But before they secured the final out, the Mets learned that they had been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention by virtue of the Brewers’ win over the Reds.