USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down how players and teams fared at the MLB trade deadline.
The New York Mets were considered one of the losers of MLB’s trade deadline day.
And then they played an actual game.
The Mets were obliterated by the Nationals, 25-4, on Tuesday night in Washington.
Steven Matz, a pitcher many thought would be on the move, got the start and proceeded to go just 2/3 of an inning, giving up eight hits and seven runs before giving the ball over to Jacob Rhame.
Things did not go better for him, as he gave up seven hits and an additional six runs in two innings.
Tim Peterson gave up three runs in 1⅓ innings. Tyler Bashlor followed with three more runs allowed in ⅔ of an inning.
The Nationals were not held scoreless until Jerry Blevins’ sixth inning, having scored seven runs in the first, three in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Nationals returned for much more in the eighth inning when they teed off on shortstop Jose Reyes, who was called on to pitch the final frame. He gave up six runs, including two homers.
The Nationals, who chose not to deal star Bryce Harper at the deadline, set franchise records in the D.C. era for hits (26), runs and margin of victory and scored the most runs by a National League team since 1995.
The Nats’ previous margin of victory was 18 runs in April 2017, also coming against the Mets. The team also saw Ryan Zimmerman become the franchise’s overall hits leader, passing Tim Wallach, with a two-hit performance that gave him 1,694 hits in his career.
And somehow it could have been worse for the Mets, who actually got three runs back in the ninth inning against Shawn Kelley.
Still, the end result was the worst loss in Mets history as the team lost by at least 20 runs for the first time.