Early on in the season, the Mets were the surprise team of the MLB. Everything was falling into place. The team was hitting well, pitching well and playing great defense. Then, the injuries started to pile up again. Jacob DeGrom got hurt, and Matt Harvey continued to be the shell of the Dark Knight that Mets fans used to consider the “savior of the franchise.”
Now, that savior is a member of the 9-27 Cincinnati Reds, and was traded for former All-Star and current washout catcher Devin Mesoraco. And if that, to you, isn’t the definition of the New York Mets, maybe this is. The Mets were caught making baseball’s biggest mistake on Wednesday, batting out of order.
In baseball, mental errors are the worst kind, but just like physical errors you live and you learn. That being said, this one is going to be hard to come back from. After Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two out double in the top of the first inning, there was a feeling of confusion on the field as Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman came out to talk to home plate umpire Gabe Morales. Then, after a minute or two, Morales indicated that the next batter, Jay Bruce, was out. Cabrera’s double was wiped off the board, and the inning was over.
Are you serious? How do you let this happen? You have to write four copies of the lineup card! The opposing manager gets one, you get one, the umpire gets one and the official scorekeeper gets one, yet you can’t keep everything the same? That’s inexcusable. The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games, but this might be the true low point for a team that was the talk of the MLB around three weeks ago.
The Mets are currently sitting in fourth place in the NL East and falling fast, if they keep pulling stunts like this, it won’t be long before they’re sitting close to the Marlins with their record.