Ah, the New York Mets. There’s your lede, let’s talk about what happened tonight, because even by the lofty standards set in the 57 seasons the Mets have been a franchise, this was brutal.
Those suited up for the ol’ Metropolitans got their usual three-plus hours of exercise on Tuesday night, but otherwise, not much went right. New York went down to Washington and lost to the Nationals, 25-4. I, unfortunately, was unable to watch the game, because I live in one of those weird in-between zones where games for a specific team get blacked out even though my cable provider does not carry the networks upon which they are broadcast. So instead, let’s just go through stuff in the box score that made me laugh, and I hope it will make you laugh, too. I imagine it will, because it’s the Mets.
First things first, the Nationals won, 25-4. It was, heading into the bottom of the eighth, a 19-1 game, at which point — in a sentence no one could have seen coming — Jose Reyes (that Jose Reyes, yes) allowed a two-run home run to Matt Adams. That stretched the lead to 21-1, which led to this tweet.
Prior to that point, the Nationals scored seven runs in the first inning and three runs in each of the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings. The Mets flashed signs of crawling out of the hole in the top of the seventh, when second baseman Jeff McNeil hit a solo shot for the first dinger of his career.
It was at that point where manager Mickey Callaway said screw it and brought in Reyes. By that point, the Mets had gone through their starter (Steven Matz, who allowed seven runs and eight hits in two-thirds of an inning before getting yanked) and five bullpen arms.
This led to Reyes taking the bump. Some position players are able to stem the tide and get three outs with little-to-no pain. Jose Reyes was not some position players. Instead, he looked like what you’d probably expect when a lifelong infielder takes the mound for the first time in an 18-run game.
There is no thing I would pay more money for than the tape of the conversation between Eiland and Reyes. I imagine the phrase “it’ll all be over soon” was said. For another example of how serious everyone was taking things at this juncture, here’s that hit by pitch. Reyes plunked Ryan Zimmerman with some 54 mile per hour gas, which led to Zimmerman pretending he was going to charge the mound.
At one point, the Mets’ broadcast team just threw their hands in the air and read the media guide on air.
Four Nationals players combined to hit five homers, with two of them coming off of Reyes during his inning of work. As a team, Washington went 26-for-50 with eight bases on balls, and while the Mets didn’t exactly do a great job keeping things from getting out of hand, the Nationals stranded 23(!!!) men on base. New York also picked up three runs in the top of the ninth, and this was the final tweet sent out by the franchise’s official Twitter account.
God bless the New York Mets.