The New York Mets are leaving Great American Ballpark today on pace to record a franchise worst win-loss mark in the month of May. The team is 1-8 this month, including two series sweeps to the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies at Citi Field and today’s series loss at Great American Ballpark to the Reds, arguably baseball’s worst team.
It’s not just bad luck or injuries; the team is making bad decisions. That includes Mickey Callaway’s batting out of order blunder, Glenn Sherlock holding Jose Reyes at third base … you see where this is going.
Mickey Callaway took responsibility for the Mets batting out of order, but didn’t say he’s the one who fills out the card. “It probably cost us the game,” he said. pic.twitter.com/66JNGTHU68
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) May 9, 2018
Looking back through Mets history month-by-month, the month of May have certainly had their highs and lows. In short, their BEST was 1972, when the team recorded a 21-7 record in the month of May (included an 11-game winning streak). Their WORST? 1977. The Mets recorded an 8-21 mark in May, including two five-game losing streaks and a six-game losing streak.
NEWS AND NOTES
Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki had no clue who Tom Brady was — until last year. Peter Gammons talked to Ichiro recently about his move from the field to the front office. During the conversation, Suzuki told Gammons a story about getting a text from Brady last year and responding, “Who is … Tom Brady?” Brady got Suzuki’s number from Alex Rodriguez and wanted to meet him to learn about his stretching routine.
Rafael Palmeiro: The Dallas Morning News is reporting Palmeiro has signed a deal with Cleburne Railroaders, a Texas-based team in the independent American Association. The Railroaders play a short-season schedule and will open on May 18. Palmeiro is now 54 years old and he is still hoping a major league team will eventually give him a shot.
Athletics: Stephen Piscotty returned to Oakland’s starting lineup Tuesday night, just one day after his mother passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The return was emotional.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 9, 2018