New York Mets Latest Blunder Perfectly Sums Up 2024 Season Thus Far

The New York Mets are New York “Mets-ing” right now.

Entering Monday’s series opener against the Cleveland Guardians, the Mets are 21-25, just a half-game ahead of the Washington Nationals for third place in the National League East. They’re a full 12 games behind the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets started their season an abysmal 0-5, somehow got back up to 12-8, and have now lost 17 of their last 26 games.

Things are so bad that their owner, Steve Cohen, got fans unintentionally riled up with a since-deleted tweet on social media.

The Mets are planning on contending this season, though, and were looking to start turning things around on Monday against Cleveland. Unfortunately, things didn’t get off to the best start.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 18: Starling Marte #6 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on May 18, 2024 in Miami, Florida. Marte was part…

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The Guardians got out to an immediate 2-0 lead after the first inning of play, and the Mets were looking to get back into the game in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff double by designated hitter J.D. Martinez, outfielder Starling Marte grounded into a double play — yes, with Martinez on second base.

Marte hit a ground ball that was snagged by Guardians starting pitcher Ben Lively. Martinez appeared to think it was going to get by Lively, as he was already taking off for third base. Martinez then got caught in a run down and was tagged out by third baseman Jose Ramírez. End of story, right?

Unfortunately, while Martinez was in the rundown, Marte decided to try to take second base and essentially replace Martinez on the bases. Martinez, however, isn’t very fast, and it didn’t take long for Ramírez to tag him out. The Guardians’ third baseman then smartly saw Marte off the bag at first and fired it over to the first baseman Josh Naylor. Naylor quickly tagged out Marte, completing the 1-6-5-3 double play. Take a look for yourself:

This play perfectly sums up the Mets’ season thus far, as they continue to battle mediocrity. What hurts Mets fans even more, though, is this wasn’t a couple of rookies making these blunders. This was a six-time All-Star in Martinez and a two-time All-Star in Marte.

The Mets will look to put this base running mistake behind them as they try to come from behind to win the first game of the series in Cleveland. There’s still a long season to go, and with the third Wild Card spot, the Mets are just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot.

They’ll have to stop making mistakes like this, though, if they want to be taken seriously as a potential postseason contender.

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