The New York Mets and the Art of the Choke
Perhaps it's time for MLB to contract the New York Mets.
Or maybe just smother the franchise with a pillow.
It really was quite breathtaking, so you may want to sit down for this.
The Mets had somehow procured a 10-4 lead against the Nationals in the top of the ninth with a pretty nifty five-spot, punctuated by yet another Pete Alonso homer.
The Mets' broadcaster foolishly referred to this as the icing on the cake, a statement that quickly became a harbinger of doom.
Honestly, he really should've known better.
The Mets started Metsing immediately in the bottom of the ninth.
Someone named Paul Sewald allowed four hits and four earned runs while recording just one lonely out.
Eventually the cursed Edwin Díaz was summoned from his crawl space, so that was pretty much that.
Here's a fun little summary of the carnage:
Victor Robles 1B— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 4, 2019
Trea Turner RBI 2B
Asdrúbal Cabrera 1B
Anthony Rendon RBI 1B
Juan Soto 1B
Ryan Zimmerman PH 2-run 2B
KURT. SUZUKI. #WALKOFF. HR.@KPMidAtlantic // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/hY4FkeoWy5
And a better look at the Kurt Suzuki walk-off:
Technically, the Mets are still alive for the second Wild Card, but let's not delude ourselves.
Per Elias (via @_dadler):— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 4, 2019
Entering tonight, teams leading by six-plus runs in the bottom of the ninth inning were 274-0.
Teams leading by six-plus runs at any point in the ninth were 507-1.
The type of loss the Mets suffered tonight at Nationals Park just doesn't happen.
They've completely Mets up their season.