Years back, MLB decided to have every game start at the same time on the final day of the regular season. It’s a scenario only Evan Roberts or Boomer Esiason and their five TVs and PlayStations could even try to keep up with, but ostensibly also a move that made sure teams in any kind of races didn’t get an unfair advantage with personnel decisions due to time zone differences or anything else.
No one ever said anything, though, about punting on a lineup in the middle of the penultimate game of the season once a fate was decided – and that’s exactly what the Mets did in the sixth inning of Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader in Queens, just moments after the Braves defeated the Marlins in Miami to clinch the NL East.
The Mets’ original lineup for Game 2:
But, after the Mets batted in the fifth, and their fate was sealed, we got this:
Five actual player changes and seven position changes (Jeff McNeil and James McCann stayed in), and only Mark Canha was in the same spot as he started.
Even Gary Cohen noted the shenanigans, likening it to a Spring Training game after SNY showed all the changes by saying that it was “the top of the sixth here in Port St. Lucie.”
Granted, the Mets were up 6-0, it was raining at Citi Field, and the game no longer mattered other than maybe getting the Amazins to the century mark, but still, a rarity in a not-quite-blowout, especially in the era of smaller September rosters.
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