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NL East race being decided by relief pitching

Originally Published: September 22, 2008
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It isn't September of 2007 that hangs over the Mets' psyches anymore. It's their bullpen of 2008.

We've talked a lot this month about the Mets' 2007 nightmare. But the more we watch this 2008 edition, the more we're convinced: This year, their biggest problem is a whole different nightmare.

Bad memories, you can stomp out. Bad bullpens … eh, not so much. These Mets are living proof.

So with every day that goes by, every late-inning lead that slips away, it becomes ...

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