Take your pick of those you wish to blame for why the 2008 Mets lost the NL East to the Phillies for a second straight year with a late swoon.
We’ve got one you may not have thought of –- new Met, but more notably, former Braves reliever Blaine Boyer.
BoyerIn 2008, Boyer had one of the worst seasons pitching against one team in the history of mankind.
He appeared in eight games against the Phillies, all in relief, and allowed at least one run in every appearance. He also allowed four of five inherited baserunners to score.
It wasn’t just that Boyer allowed so many runs against Philadelphia, but the timing of when he allowed them that greatly impacted the Mets' hopes that season.
On June 6 of that year, he blew a save to the Phillies in the ninth inning -- though it’s hard to fault him, since the tying run scored on an error -- in a game the Braves eventually lost in extra innings.
Two days later, he yielded three runs in the ninth inning, thanks to RBI hits from Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard, turning a 3-3 tie into a 6-3 loss.
On July 26, Boyer was part of a relief core that blew a 9-3 lead to the Phillies, allowing three of the seven runs in the Phillies comeback.
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For good measure, he came in the next day and allowed a run, as the Braves blew a 5-0 lead and lost to Philadelphia, 12-10.
The final tally on Boyer against the Phillies in 2008: An 0-2 record and 15.95 ERA. In 7 1/3 innings, he allowed 17 hits, seven walks and 14 runs. Philadelphia hitters batted .459 against him.
What does this have to do with future performance?
Probably very little, other than that it’s fair for a Mets fan to think that Boyer owes them one for what he put them through a couple of years ago.