Mets end dreadful trade deadline day with their most lopsided loss ever

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There’s a running joke among Major League Baseball fans. Just when you think it can’t get any worse for the New York Mets, a new day full of new problems and new disappointments arrives to set them back even further.

The thing about that is, it’s actually no longer a joke when it becomes reality. For the Mets in 2018, their troubling reality set in a long time ago, and it has since grown to become a relentless and unforgiving force.

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The latest low was achieved Tuesday. Not only because the Mets did themselves and their fans a disservice by not trading at least one more veteran player at the deadline to help build their future. But also because they capped the already disappointing day by losing 25-4 to the Washington Nationals.

For those scoring at home, the 21-run defeat was the most lopsided loss in Mets 57-year history. In fact, it was the first time they’d ever even trailed by 20 runs in a game.

How did the Mets manage to lose by 21 runs?

The game was over before the fans could even settle in at Nationals Park. Washington struck for seven first-inning runs against Mets starter Steven Matz, racking up eight hits in the process. Leadoff man Trea Turner recorded two hits in the inning, while five different Nationals drove in runs.

Washington would add three runs in each of the next four innings, running the score to 19-0. That’s when the football jokes started rolling in. Even we couldn’t help ourselves after New York’s pitching staff finally put up a zero in the sixth inning.

The Mets got one back on a Jeff McNeil home run in the seventh inning. Then something completely unexpected happened.

In a season where position players pitching has become a lot less cool because of how frequently it’s happened, Reyes’ pitching debut still stood out as a notable moment.

The 35-year-old infielder has always had a strong arm. He hit 80 mph with his fastball here, but he wasn’t fooling anyone either. Washington added six more runs, with Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds each hitting homers.

Meet the Mets. Such a mess.

New York Mets starter Steven Matz leaves after allowing seven first-inning runs in a 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starter Steven Matz leaves after allowing seven first-inning runs in a 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Why did the Mets not make a single deadline trade?

According to assistant general manager John Ricco, they simply didn’t get any offers to their liking.

“We were not going to move those players unless it involved considerable talent coming back in our direction,” Ricco said courtesy of the New York Times.

That would make sense for their core players, such as Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaad. Heck, it even makes sense for Zack Wheeler.

However, it’s undeniable that the Mets are one of the worst teams in baseball, and it’s also undeniable that they won’t be fixed any time soon. Keeping Jose Bautista around for example, does them no good. Granted, they didn’t get great return for Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera in earlier trades, but at least they got something.

On Tuesday, the New York Mets did not get better. Sadly, they didn’t even really make the effort. Instead, they continued a steady decline into the baseball abyss. 

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