New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Juan Soto #22 of the San Diego Padres celebrates after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the New York Mets during the eighth inning in game three of the National League Wild Card Series at Citi Field on October 09, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

The 2022 season that once contained both excitement and promise came to an end Sunday night, in a bitter 6-0 loss to the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the NL Wild Card Series.

The Mets managed only one hit against Joe Musgrove, who dominated New York over seven innings of work. There was concern during the game that Musgrove might have had an illegal substance on his right ear. Mets Manager Buck Showalter even asked the umpires to check the right-hander, but they found nothing unusual. Bottom line is the Mets didn’t do enough offensively to challenge the Padres on Sunday night.

Mets starter Chris Bassitt struggled with his control most of the night. The right-hander walked three and gave up three runs in four innings to take the loss. Austin Nola’s two-run single all but ended the game in the second inning, even if it only gave the Padres a 2-0 lead. It felt like all the air came out of the Mets sails and Citi Field — which was not a sell out on Sunday.

Trent Grishman and Manny Machado would tack on RBI singles in the middle innings, while Juan Soto’s two-run double in the eighth off Edwin Diaz sealed the deal for the Padres as they took a 6-0 advantage.

With the season over, the reaction to the season ending defeat and Musgrove’s “Ear-gate” was all the talk of the town.

  • Joe Musgrove and "Ear-Gate"

    Did Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove have an oily substance on his ear. It was a heck of debate online. Eventually Manager Buck Showalter came for a look.

  • Joe Musgrove talks about his ear.

  • Gary Cohen Rips Buck Showalter for Checking Musgrove

    Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen called Showalter’s attempt to catch Musgrove for cheating as reeking “desperation.”

    However, fellow SNY analyst and former Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was glad the Mets checked Musgrove.

  • Fan Reaction to Mets Loss

    Some fans were just brutal to the Mets on social media following their 6-0 loss and exit from the postseason.

  • Buck Showalter Reflects on the season

    Mets manager Buck Showalter added he felt bad for the players after the loss.

  • Mets Pending Free Agency

    A number of key players are free agents this off-season. That includes Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo, Edwin Diaz, and Brandon Nimmo to name a few.  Could deGrom go to Atlanta? That has been a rumor. The Mets ace had this to say on free agency.

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