It’s Official: Baseball Gods Hate New York Mets
While the past 6 seasons have been rough for the New York Mets (all sub-.500 campaigns), it's been a particularly shitty 24 hours.
First, the team is not used to being trade deadline buyers, and last night, they looked like they had pulled off a decent stretch-run trade that could help them at worst make the postseason and at best catch the Nats. In one fell swoop they would plug a hole in the outfield by getting the prodigal son, Carlos Gomez (the Mets had drafted him), in return for Zach Wheeler and Wilmer Flores. It was a done deal.
Sources: Gomez for Flores and Wheeler
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) July 30, 2015
See. Done deal. But upon hearing he had likely been traded, Wilmer Flores, well, sobbed all over the field:
— Will Kunkel (@KWCHWill) July 30, 2015
After that, two things happened. First, it became okay to refer to him as Wilma (then again, that's a homophone for Wilmer in Queens anyway). Second, the deal was called off. The purported reason was Gomez's hips weren't as healthy as the Brewers claimed, but we all know it was because of Flores' tears.
So what happens next?
— JoeCamel (@JoeCamel_Sports) July 31, 2015
Yep, a team that is also riding a six-season losing streak, the Houston Astros, jumped in and put Gomez and his hips in their OF. Now everyone is saying they're a World Series team. Sorry, New York. But as if that weren't bad enough...
This after the Mets were cuddling a 7-1 lead going into the 7th. And then:
Derek Norris kills the Padres rally with a grand slam. (Sarcasm!) San Diego climbs to within two runs of the Mets, now 7-5 in the 7th.
— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) July 30, 2015
The Padres Derek Norris would go 5-5, including that GS to make the score 7-5. But the Mets held on into the 9th, and closer Jeurys Familia recorded two outs, but not quickly enough. The rains came and 44 minutes later, the Mets trotted Familia back onto the mound, giving up three straight hits, the third one:
UNBELIEVABLE! @Mets were 2 strikes away from a win before a 45-minute rain delay... and now they're down 8-7 after Justin Upton's 3-run HR.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) July 30, 2015
Yes, a 3-run homer for likely-to-be-traded-OF Justin Upton. And after ANOTHER rain delay, the Mets went down 1-2-3 to complete their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But hey, there's one more day before the trade deadline, they're only 3.0 back of the Nats, and the team and its fans will move on, won't they?
— Randi (@PupsAndPucks) July 30, 2015
Photo via Getty
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is one for SportsGrid.
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