This is a continuation of my series on the New York Mets, Assessing 2009. To access my previous article grading Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, go here.
As we look at 2009, it's essential to look as far back as right after the 2008 season.
I remember, as I walked back to my car from the last game at Shea Stadium (I didn't stay for the post-game festivities, by the way) feeling a sense of despair that the Mets season came to an end when it did, because I hadn't had enough baseball. They had been the hottest team in the sport from when after Willie Randolph got fired up until they built the division lead to 3.5 games. I was convinced, and told people, that this team was different from the year before, that they would get it done. Alas, the bullpen failed them.
That was the major poi ...
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