WASHINGTON — On tempo to lose greater than 90 video games, the Mets have endured a good quantity of distress, accidents and errors this season. Then got here Tuesday evening and a brand new nadir.
The Mets misplaced to the Washington Nationals, 25-Four, probably the most lopsided loss in the workforce’s 57-year historical past. Seven Mets pitchers took the mound, and all however two coughed up runs, together with the veteran infielder Jose Reyes. In all, the Mets gave up 26 hits, the second-highest whole in workforce historical past.
“A tough loss,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway mentioned after the sport. “It’s embarrassing. We gotta do better than that.”
The Mets have given up extra runs in a recreation earlier than. That distinction belongs to the 1985 squad, which misplaced by a rating of 26-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 11 of that yr. But that workforce not less than made up for it by ending the season with 98 wins and would go on to be World Series winners the subsequent yr.
This yr’s Mets are mired in gloominess with little manner out. Tuesday’s nonwaiver commerce deadline got here and handed and not using a main commerce to enhance the workforce. Earlier in the day, John Ricco, the assistant common supervisor, insisted the Mets may contend for the playoffs in 2019 due to the workforce’s proficient core of pitchers.
His phrases didn’t show true in the night. Steven Matz, one of many beginning pitchers the Mets hope to construct round, surrendered seven runs and lasted solely two outs in the shortest begin of his profession.
After some uneven protection in the underside of the primary inning, first baseman Wilmer Flores additionally got here out of the sport. The Mets later introduced it was as a result of he felt dizzy and dehydrated, one other uncommon ailment in a season stuffed with them.
“I wasn’t even there,” Flores mentioned. “I felt lost.”
It made little distinction who was on the mound or in the sector. The Nationals smashed 5 residence runs, together with two by the previous Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. By the third inning, the Mets trailed by a rating of 13-Zero.
The solely two reduction pitchers who didn’t permit a run had been Jerry Blevins and Drew Smith, who mixed to pitch two and a 3rd innings.
By the fifth inning, Callaway knew he would wish to make use of a place participant to keep away from burning by means of everybody in the bullpen. Noah Syndergaard, who’s getting back from a stint on the disabled listing for hand, foot and mouth illness, was slated to start out on Wednesday, so the Mets wished to maintain some reduction pitchers contemporary simply in case.
In the sixth inning, Callaway requested Reyes, the struggling backup infielder, if he was keen pitch. Reyes, who had been hoping to get an opportunity to pitch earlier than he retired, mentioned sure.
The final time Reyes, 35, pitched was when he was 11 or 12 years outdated in his native Dominican Republic.
“When you get on the mound and before you throw a pitch, it’s fun,” he mentioned. “But when you start to see people hit a homer and stuff, you get more serious. Even though I’m not a pitcher, you don’t want to see that. I want to put a zero up there. But I do the best that I can.”
Juan Soto, the Nationals rookie outfielder, laughed as he stepped in the batter’s field. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, a longtime opponent of Reyes, even faked charging the mound after Reyes hit him with a pitch.
“That was pretty funny and surreal to hit against him,” Zimmerman mentioned.
In all, Reyes, throwing from a sidearm place, gave up six runs on 5 hits, together with two residence runs. He threw 48 pitches, a regarding quantity for anybody who could be requested to pitch once more anytime quickly. Reyes hit 87 miles per hour together with his fastball and threw a curveball in the 60s.
As Reyes’s pitch rely ballooned, Callaway grew involved and despatched pitching coach Dave Eiland to the mound to test on Reyes, who was additionally fearful about hurting his arm. Paul Sewald, a reduction pitcher, warmed up in the bullpen as an emergency.
“I’m glad that I got out of the inning and Mickey don’t need to use to another position player or pitcher,” Reyes mentioned.