After deciding to stay put at the trade deadline (July 31) having dealt Jeurys Familia on July 22, and Asdrubal Cabrera on July 27, the Mets went out that night and lost 25-4 to the Washington Nationals. It was the worst loss in Mets history.
The Mets thought that the returns for Familia and Cabrera were enough, but the trade for Familia was abysmal. The Mets dealt, in Mickey Callaway’s words, “probably one of the better closers I would think in the [Mets] history,” Familia, to the Oakland Athletics, virtually accepting the first offer they heard, for nothing but a bag of peanuts. Third-base prospect Will Toffey, RHP Bobby Wahl, and $1 million towards the international free agency pool.
This was Callaway’s full quote regarding trade rumors about Familia before he was ultimately traded:
“I mean obviously he’s been probably one of the better closers I would think in the history. I mean what, he had broke some kind of save record I think the one year. He’s done a great job for the organization…”
This is the Mets manager THINKING that Familia broke a save record for the Mets the ONE YEAR. COME ON. He needs to know these things. He has no knowledge of his team and is out there showing everyone that he did not do his homework before arriving in NEW YORK.
Hey Callaway, Familia set the Mets’ single-season franchise record after getting his 44th save in a 5-2 win against the Miami Marlins on Aug. 31, 2016.
Cabrera was shipped to the NL East first-place Philadelphia Phillies for Double-A pitcher Franklyn Kilome.
I wonder who will take over the position of taking off teammates’ helmets after they hit a home run?
It doesn’t really matter, because the Mets aren’t hitting many this season anyway.
As far as home runs go, the Mets have hit 109 this season. Cabrera, who is no longer with the team, led the team in that category with 18. Take out Cespedes (9) who is out for the season, Gonzalez (6) who was released, Smith (1) who is currently playing for the Triple-A team in Las Vegas, and D’Arnaud (1) who is also out for the season. That means of the active players, the Mets have 61 home runs. This does not include Frazier (10) and Bruce (3) that are on the DL, but does include McNeil (1) and Jackson (1) who both hit their first home runs as Metropolitans during Tuesday’s 25-4 loss to the Nats.
The Mets also find a way to play Jose Reyes every opportunity they get. Check out this tweet from Mets long-time beat writer, Anthony DiComo:
Now let’s take a look at Reyes’ stats courtesy of baseballreference.com:
Mets Twitter has been up in arms about Reyes seeing playing time day in and day out. and Casey Stern gave us the skinny as to why:
A tribute video?!? The Mets parted ways with Reyes in 2011 after an eight-year stint with the team. I would understand if at that point, the Mets put together a tribute video for Reyes. He was one of the center-pieces of the team. He was an All-Star. He was a stolen-base machine. But now?!?! He is 35-years-old. He is burnt out. He doesn’t dazzle in the infield like he used to. He doesn’t get on base. There are no highlights that I could have foreseen the Mets using that are from his second stint with the Mets, until Tuesday night’s game.
The Mets were in trouble early. Steven Matz couldn’t even survive the first inning. He allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in 0.2 IP.
Matz blamed his poor outing on a “dead arm” that he needed to get an MRI on. The MRI didn’t show structural damage, but showed a little inflammation in the arm, so it’s safe to assume that he will be out for the season, because it wouldn’t go any other way for the Mets.
If a dead arm was the excuse for Matz, then what was the excuse for Jacob Rhame who came on in relief? Rhame allowed seven hits and six earned runs in 2.0 IP. Rhame has spent time with the Las Vegas Triple-A team, and has posted an 8.00 ERA this season when he gets called up to pitch for the Mets. In 18.0 IP this season, he has given up 25 hits, 16 earned runs, and six homers. Go back to Vegas, Rhame.
Then it was Tim Peterson on the mound, who gave up another three earned runs in 1.1 IP. Tyler Bashlor, who I have never even heard of, came on to relieve Peterson, and also allowed three earned runs in 0.2 IP.
It was 19-0 at the end of the fifth inning.
And like I mentioned earlier, it wouldn’t be a Mets game without Reyes being played for no apparent reason. Reyes made his pitching debut against the Nationals and gave up two home runs and six earned runs in the eighth inning. He even hit Ryan Zimmerman with a pitch. The Mets now have all the footage they need to give him a proper send-off. I look forward to watching it soon; I hope.
The following inning, Reyes got a hit. Of course. That’s probably why Reyes was in the starting lineup in Wednesday’s afternoon game. Reyes became the second player in MLB history to hit two home runs the day after allowing two home runs as a pitcher.
I see a contract extension coming Reyes’ way…
The 25 runs scored was the highest number of runs the Nationals have scored in FRANCHISE HISTORY. All nine starters recorded multiple runs without a designated hitter, which is the first time such a feat has happened since 1936. The Nationals also became the first team in 11 years to score 25 runs.
If you thought the Mets’ 23-5 loss to the Nationals was demoralizing last year, of course the Mets found a way to do one better.
A lot of Mets fans have been talking about jumping ship at this point. Adults don’t want to put their kids through the same misery they know so well. Children don’t want to be losers. But here’s the thing, the Mets being this bad is kind of laughable. I mean, the team is currently operating with three GMs. The owners need to sell. Everybody knows it.
I can’t jump ship because I am in too deep. I have put so much on the line for this team and you don’t just leave an injured man while he’s down. All of it will be worth it when, or maybe I should say IF, the Mets win a World Series in my lifetime.
But don’t worry, John Ricco, 1/3 Mets GM, says the Mets intend to contend in 2019, just like every other year.
Can we even say “Same old Mets” anymore? Because the Mets have hit an all-time low after Tuesday’s deplorable display.
Sell the team.