It has not been the best of seasons for the New York Mets. After an 11-1 start inspired optimism, they’ve since fallen victim to everything from sacrifice flies to second to hand, foot and mouth disease, and they were just 43-60 heading into Tuesday night’s game with the Washington Nationals (which came after they were criticized for not being active at the trade deadline).And Tuesday night’s performance didn’t exactly inspire confidence in the Mets, as they lost 25-4 to the NL East rival Washington Nationals (the most lopsided loss in franchise history) and sparked a whole lot of Twitter comedy along the way:
Mets really can't afford to give up another touchdown at this point in the game. pic.twitter.com/gNO2kg6SJM
— David B Larter (@DavidLarter) August 1, 2018
— Thinking Man Sports (@thinkingmnsport) August 1, 2018
Checking in on the Nationals-Mets game… pic.twitter.com/ItytnIW4Te
— theScore (@theScore) August 1, 2018
The Nats have just set a team record for runs in a game, with 24 tonight against the Mets. That tops last year, when they scored 23…against the Mets.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) August 1, 2018
The final: Nationals 25, Mets 4
The goat: Abner Doubleday for inventing baseball
The stat: Worst loss Mets history
The streak: L1
The record: 44-60
The 162-game pace: 69-93
The emoji: 💩🤮😱😭😵
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 1, 2018
A few selected highlights from this:
- The Nationals sent 12 batters up in the first inning, collecting eight hits. One of those came from third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, which was his 1,695th with the team, setting a Nationals/Expos franchise record.
- Washington starting pitcher Tanner Roark hit a three-run, bases-loaded triple in the first to drive Mets’ starter Steven Matz from the game.
- The Nationals’ 19-0 lead through five marked just the second time in history a team has held an opponent scoreless through five innings .
- All nine members of the Nationals’ starting lineup recorded at least one hit.
Yeah, that’s not so great. And there are plenty of issues for the Mets to fix. But Tuesday’s showing was yet another low in what’s been a season full of them.