Entering Tuesday, the Washington Nationals were one of the most interesting teams to keep an eye on. Rumors were swirling that star out fielder Bryce Harper would be moving on from the club, and that had many people keeping one eye on the situation throughout the day. As it would turn out, the Nats weren’t interested in offloading their star, despite his contract running out. And they would celebrate that fact with one of the most lopsided wins you’ll ever see, a 25-4 triumph over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
While there were many trades that ended up taking place on Tuesday, this game is sure to steal all the headlines for the time being. With victory, the Nationals are now back to the .500 mark at 53-53. Despite all of their struggles, they are just 5.5 games behind the Phillies and 4.5 behind the Braves in the NL East. And they’ll be hoping this extraordinary performance will help spur them on to bigger and better things as the season progresses.
They started the game with a real flurry, plating seven runs in the opening inning to jump out to a dominating lead. It only got worse for the Mets, though. In each of the next four innings, they would give up three runs. They got one back in the seventh, taking them into that inning down 19-1. It looked like a high school game’s score, and it would only get worse as Jose Reyes, yes that Jose Reyes, took the mound. His lobs might have saved other arms, but he would give up six more runs. The three the Mets got in the ninth were of little consequence at the final reckoning, though it did make this the game with the most runs scored since 2007.
This sets the record for the most runs scored in Nationals history, and it is also the Mets’ worst loss in the 57 years in which they have played. This game says a lot about the two teams, too. The Mets look truly down and out. Since winning ten in a row to begin the season, they have looked truly awful. There are major issues there, and this loss only makes matters worse. As for Washington, the belief is still there. Whether or not that it enough to get them to the postseason is a question that will be answered in the next couple of months.