New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 09: Joely Rodriguez #30 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout after being removed from the game in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on September 09, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

It was fun while it lasted.

After 155 days in first place, the Mets are now looking up in the standings after suffering an hideous 6-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Coupled with Atlanta’s 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners, and the Mets are now in second place, a half game out.

Can the Mets change things? Sure they can, but the feeling that this would be a season destined for postseason success, now feels like an opportunity quickly slipping away.

The Mets never led. Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back. The closest the Mets came to storming back came in the sixth inning when Pete Alonso crushed a two-run homer to bring the Mets to within a run, 4-3. In the seventh inning the Mets had the bases loaded with one out, but Francisco Lindor grounded into an inning end, and game killing, double-play.

The look of dejection in the dugout was real. Coupled and made worse when Joely Rodriguez served up a two-run homer to Charles Leblanc that put the game out of reach. And just like that, for the first time since April 11, the Mets were out of first place.

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