May 24, 2018

Twitter hammers Mets for batting out of order in first inning

11 May 2018, 01:09 | Kristopher Drake

The Mets gave the umpires the wrong lineup and were penalized for batting out of order

Jay Bruce Stats |

In the top of the first inning, NY sent outfielder Jay Bruce to the plate as their cleanup hitter. According to Tim Healey of Newsday, Callaway said that Frazier has been dealing with a left hamstring issue for three weeks.

After Wilmer Flores struck out for the second out of the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera reached on a ground-rule double. The Mets would only get five more at bats with runners in scoring position for the entirety of the game, going o 0-5 in such opportunities, and would ultimately fall to the Reds in extra innings 2-1.

Crucially though, four of the five starting pitchers now in the Reds' rotation are aged 25 and younger, and in all likelihood, the reason they are starting games is that the franchise wants to see what they can do at the Major League level.

However, the lineup card the Mets gave the umpires - the official lineup for the game - listed Cabrera as the No. 2 hitter and Flores as the No. 3 hitter.

Immediately, interim Reds manager Jim Riggleman jumped out of the dugout and went to the home plate umpire.

Had Meals ever seen that before?

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In what came as a big surprise to New York Mets fans on Tuesday, the team actually got someone who can help the major league club from the Reds in catcher Devin Mesoraco for Matt Harvey. The team's intended lineup, though, had Flores hitting second and Cabrera batting third.

Teams bat out of turn with alarming regularity. Wheeler had to wait until the umpires sorted out the batting-out-of-order situation to throw his first pitch.

But hitting out of the first inning?

Even the Reds' Twitter account poked fun at the Mets.

At 29-years-old, Harvey no longer possesses the same upside as those younger pitchers, so the Reds may not be as inclined to allow him to start on every fifth day.

That is until this afternoon they did.

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