• by: Phil Cantor/@osgphil

MLB May Need a Mercy Rule Thanks to the New York Mets


Wow! I wrote a couple weeks ago about how much of a mess the New York Mets were after Noah Syndergaard got Hand, Foot and Mouth disease thinking it couldn't get much worse.

I was wrong.....

The Mets, arguably baseball's worst team were also not very active at the trade deadline making zero effort to improve or trade off some of their better players in order to rebuild.

Ownership cited their belief the M-E-T-S would be competitive in 2019 after starting 2018 11-1 and as of this writing, going 33-49 since. Sure, they did make one trade, offloading closer and one of their better pitchers Jeruys Familia for a couple of mid level prospects, but that was it.

Tuesday night, the M-E-T-S reached a new low---they lost to the Washington Nationals in Washington D.C 25-4.

Yes, 25-4.....

The M-E-T-S were down 19-0 after 5 innings. Starting pitcher Stephen Matz did not make it out of the first inning, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits and getting only 2 outs. It didn't get any better in a game that ended after reserve 2B/SS Jose Reyes ended up on the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Take a look at this:

Reyes gave up 6 runs on 5 hits and left the field with an ERA of 54.00....

Reyes also hit Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman with a 54-mph fastball that had everyone...with maybe the exception of the Mets laughing....

The rules vary a bit, some saying 15 runs others saying 10-runs plus after 5-innings. All done to shorten the game and avoid situations like this....

Maybe it is something Major League Baseball should consider. There was no reason to think the M-E-T-S were going to score 21-runs in one inning (9th) to come back and win or tie the game....

Just end it...

I should add the M-E-T-S broadcast team did quit talking about the game after the score went to 19-1. They started reading passages from the Media Guide.

Seriously, they did.....

General Manager Sandy Alderson took leave due to an illness and the guys (3 of them) stepping in to hold down the fort don't appear to know much about what they're doing either.

The ownership has been laughable for years and it doesn't appear they have the slightest interest in changing. Which is sad.

Mind you, this is an organization with a treasure trove of pitchers, Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom, Zach Wheeler and even Matz most days are as good a foursome as any team in baseball. The on field talent is the question however.

The M-E-T-S are a team whose best position player might be Brandon Nimmo (who?) but featured nobody Tuesday night batting higher than .265. Had not CF Austin Jackson hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning, the game would have ended 25-1. The only thing that would have been worse is 25-0.

If not for the Florida Marlins, the M-E-T-S would be the National League's worst team (ok, maybe you could argue the San Diego Padres). And the Mets are the one team not in rebuild mode, not making changes and not doing anything to get better.

Good thing they play in the same division as my beloved Atlanta Braves....

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