The New York Mets have been a complete disaster this season, failing to live up to expectations which led them to be perhaps the biggest trade deadline seller in the MLB. To nobody’s surprise, their trades didn’t make things any better, coming up with another insane way to lose a game on Tuesday.
They faced off against the Kansas City Royals, and it looked like they were going to win the game after taking a 6-4 lead in the top of the tenth inning.
However, much like they have for much of the season, they went on to blow the lead in an absolutely brutal fashion. Mets relief pitcher Brooks Raley came into the game, and proceed to allow two runs with the first two Royals batters he faced coming through with clutch hits.
MJ ties it up! #Royals
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
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— Bally Sports Kansas City (@BallySportsKC) August 2, 2023
They almost got out of the inning, but in typically Mets fashion invented a new way to lose… The Mets put in rookie relief pitcher Josh Walker in a tough situation, with the bases loaded and two outs.
With the pressure on, Walker made a horrific mistake, issuing a balk to Royals hitter MJ Melendez that sealed a 7-6 victory for the Royals.
This about sums things up for the Mets this season… As they lose their game against the Royals on a bases-loaded balk. 😬pic.twitter.com/gqkKR3CE8M
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) August 2, 2023
Mets fans couldn’t believe it, and the rest of the MLB world simply laughed at just how bad things are currently within the Mets organization.
The Mets brought in a 3rd reliever in the 10th inning to get out of a bases loaded jam
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 2, 2023
Mets lose on a BALK.
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) August 2, 2023
If this was any other team they’d develop new pitchcom technology to prevent this but since it’s the Mets it’ll be replayed and laughed at forever https://t.co/GzYYTriXb6
— Mike (@mike5_5_5) August 2, 2023
The Mets invented a new way to lose pic.twitter.com/Jdx1PDtnnp
— Barstool Baseball (@StoolBaseball) August 2, 2023
The Mets give up a walk off balk to lose to the Royals. Salt on the wound…pic.twitter.com/YSOxubbaOW
— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) August 2, 2023
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) August 2, 2023
Mets manager Buck Showalter spoke about the ending of the game, saying that it is “technically” a balk, although he obviously wasn’t thrilled with the call.
“Technically it was a balk,” said Showalter in his postgame press conference. “You would want it called if you were in the other dugout. But you always feel bad when the game is not decided by the players.”
Buck Showalter talks about the walk-off balk called on Josh Walker
"It's very technical. You gotta step off there, but he didn't" pic.twitter.com/7k1a3Pi5WN
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 2, 2023
Regardless of how Showalter feels about the situation, the reality is that the Mets are continuing to spiral and this loss certainly isn’t going to help things.