It might surprise you to learn that the New York Mets' 65-105 record in regular-season games at Atlanta's Turner Field is not the worst among visitors. The Rockies, Padres and Pirates are all worse among National League teams. But none of those has suffered the bevvy of crushing losses that the Mets have at Turner Field, which they visit for the final time this weekend.
As one New York talk-show host might say, "Oh the pain!"
Here's our list of some of the Mets' most stomach-churning defeats to the Atlanta Braves at Turner:
Sept. 25-27, 1998: Collapse complete
The Mets lose three straight to the Braves, part of a season-ending, five-game losing streak that knocks them out of the National League wild-card race. Needing a victory on the final day of the season, manager Bobby Valentine picks Armando Reynoso to start over Hideo Nomo. Reynoso allows five runs in 1⅔ innings (Nomo pitched four innings of scoreless relief) and the Mets lose 7-2 to end their season.
The Mets could point to a host of losses at Turner Field in 1998 as season-ruiners. On July 5, they lost by a run in 11 innings there, when home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez made a controversial safe call at home on Walt Weiss' sacrifice fly.
Sept. 21, 1999: Not so Chipper
The Mets trail the Braves by one game for the NL East lead with 12 games remaining. With the teams tied 1-1 in the eighth inning, Chipper Jones cements his MVP status with a go-ahead home run. John Rocker strikes out the side in the ninth inning for the save. The Braves sweep the three-game series and go on to win the NL East by seven games.
1999 NLCS: So close, but yet so far
The Mets lose all three games in Atlanta and drop the series 4-2. In Game 6, they rally from a 5-0 deficit to lead by a run after the top of the eighth inning. But John Franco blows the lead in the bottom of the frame, Armando Benitez blows another lead in the 10th and Kenny Rogers walks Andruw Jones to bring in the series-winning run in the 11th inning.
Sept. 29, 2001: Nothing grand about this place
The Mets are three outs away from getting to within three games of the NL East lead with seven to play and have a 5-1 lead in the ninth inning. But Benitez and Franco allow a combined seven runs to lose the game. The final four come on Brian Jordan's walk-off grand slam against Franco. It was the second walk-off grand slam of the season for the Braves against the Mets (Javy Lopez hit one in June against Benitez). The Mets finish 82-80, six games out in the NL East.
July 30-Aug. 1, 2004: Benson, Zambrano and a sweep
The 2004 Mets make the mistake of thinking they are in the pennant race. (Technically, they were, but it wasn't long before they weren't.) On the weekend that the Mets trade for Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano, they are swept in three consecutive games by the Braves, with Benson losing by an 8-0 rout.
Sept. 7, 2005: Done in by Langerhans
The Mets enter 70-68 and on the periphery of the wild-card race but suffer a crushing loss. Braden Looper blows a one-run lead in the ninth inning, and after the Mets score in the top of the 10th, Looper loads the bases in the bottom of the frame. Manager Willie Randolph goes to Shingo Takatsu, who gets two quick outs but then gives up a two-run single to Ryan Langerhans -- he had the tying hit the previous inning -- to lose the game.
Sept. 21, 2008: Part of another collapse
In a key game as part of the Mets' season-ending fall, they lose to the Braves 7-6. The Mets blow a 4-1 lead, with the Braves going ahead on future Met Jeff Francoeur's eighth-inning triple.
June 17, 2013: Gee whiz