A 25-4 loss capped off a bad day for the New York Mets that started with an absence at the trade deadline.
There’s losing and then there’s getting your head bashed into the pavement. In Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets made the most violent WorldStar video online look like an episode of Teletubbies.
It wasn’t the best day to lose 25-4. Well, is there ever a good day to fall this bad?
On the three-year anniversary of acquiring Yoenis Cespedes, everything wrong with the Mets took place on Tuesday. It began with a weak showing at the trade deadline. They left July with only two trades off the books.
Obvious trade candidates Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera went elsewhere while everyone else remained in New York. Guys like Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco are still on the roster for the final meaningless two months of 2018.
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In Washington, the players continued what the front office began earlier in the day. A seven-run first inning knocked Steven Matz out early. Three more runs in each of the next four innings added to the insurmountable lead posted by the Nationals. It wasn’t until Jeff McNeil hit his first MLB home run in the seventh that the Mets finally saw a crooked number.
As usual, Daniel Murphy reminded the Mets how important it is to pay your good players. He went 3 for 6 with a pair of home runs and 6 RBI. By the time the game was over, the Nationals had 25 runs on 26 hits. Jay Bruce has only 17 runs and 17 RBI this season. Cespedes has crossed the plate only 20 times.
And then there’s Jose Reyes who picked up his 28th hit of the year late yesterday. The Nationals nearly matched the total in one evening.
Speaking of Reyes, he was the real star in this one. Remember, a star is a just a bunch of burning gas. Last night, they had plenty of pitchers who could be described as such. This includes Reyes.
Following a cavalcade of sloppy relievers, Reyes pitched a six-run eighth inning for the Mets. It included two home runs and plenty of irate Mets fans. Just yesterday, I wrote about how bad things have gotten for this team. As a result, we forgot about the Reyes disdain. We were reminded of it last night with Mickey Callaway‘s decision to use him over everyone else.
The Mets did score three more runs in the ninth inning. Austin Jackson picked up his first home run since joining them several days ago. The “too little, too late” bomb was an afterthought on a day that included a lot more bad than good.
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The front office thinks they can compete next year. Games like this make me doubt this team’s ability to bounce back so quickly.