Updated: May 29, 2019
Carlos Gomez is an interesting case for Mets fans. He came up through the organization, originally signing with the Mets franchise as a 16 year old from the Dominican Republic in 2002. We called him up as a 21 year old in 2007, and fans everywhere were sold on Carlos being the a core outfielder for years to come with the likes of Lastings Milledge and Fernando Martinez.
After playing 58 games as a Met in 2007, Gomez was shipped to Minnesota in February 2008 along with a few other delinquent Mets prospects for Johan Santana. A deal that Mets fans unanimously would consider a win in hindsight if only because of the No-han on June 1, 2012.
11+ years later, Gomez was re-acquired by the Mets on a minor-league deal, and as of late he's been playing nearly every day for the big league club while 90% of the projected everyday lineup recovers from injuries.
Carlos has had a somewhat nice homecoming in his first two weeks back with the Mets, hitting a decisive 3-run homer in a 6-4 win against the Nats on 5/23 and making a handful of nice plays in the field. Yeah, his .160 average (4 hits in 25 plate appearances) is awful. But his hits have come in clutch moments, so up until last night I have been satisfied with him as a replace-met.
HOWEVAH, last night was Carlos' turn to be a stupid ass fucking Met, and it was inexcusable. Grounds for firing. Something a 33-year old 12-year MLB veteran should never ever do. Allow me to paint the picture that every Met fan has seen a billion times...
deGrom vs. Kershaw - Monday Night Baseball broadcast nationally on ESPN (whose announcers make me want to drive a power drill into my temple). Not the pitching duel that we expected, but an exciting game that went back and forth through 5 innings. The Mets made a handful of mistakes on the basepaths, getting thrown out at home in both the 1st and the 5th inning. Great throws made by the Dodgers on both of those plays, I can't be upset with DiSarcina trying to push the envelope and get Jake some run support against a guy in Kershaw who at least on paper seems like he'll be tough to get runs against.
J.D. Davis bailed us out by hitting a 2-run blast in the 5th immediately after Nido got thrown out at home, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. Then Mickey went to the pen for the 6th and Mets fans had to watch Tyler Bashlor and Drew Zamora give up six runs including Zamora drilling Corey Seager with the bases loaded.
The score was 8-3 after the dreadful 6th inning and we looked dead. But as every great/awful Mets team does, they inspired hope. I don't know how many times the Mets can D.E.N.N.I.S. system me, but god damnit I'll never be able to separate entirely.
With Kershaw done after 6 and Pedro Baez throwing a perfect 7th, the Dodgers brought out Joe Kelly in the 8th to face the bottom of the Mets order. Frazier single, HecheVARRIA 2-run bomb, Dom Smith single. Kelly out. Dylan Floro in. Gomez sacrifices himself but gets on base safely with an error by Max Muncy. Rosario singles to load the bases. Floro out. Kelly Jansen in for the 5-out save in an 8-5 game with the bases loaded.
The Mets have one out in the bottom of the 8th with an opportunity to at the very least, cut the deficit heading into the 9th and stretch Jansen out in his first 5-out save chance of the season. Plus we just turned over the lineup and are looking at JD Davis, Conforto, and Alonso coming up with runners in scoring position.
JD Davis lifts one to right field, plenty deep enough to get the run in from third. He's done his job to cut the lead to 8-6 and give Big Mike a chance to tie it up or take the lead with two men on base.
OR DID HE?!
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Tried to get this to start at :40 second mark but the CSB tech guy is on vacation. The whole video is torturous, but please skip to :40 seconds to watch the worst fucking base running mistake I've seen in my entire life.
Carlos Gomez, on second base, in a bases loaded situation with one out, decided to tag up on a fly ball to right field with the Mets #3 hitter on deck. Not only does he decide to tag up and risk making the third out at third, he fucking lolligags it and gives a god awful slide with his right hand sliding way passed the bag.
Cody Bellinger had already thrown a guy out that night. He is having an MVP/gold glove caliber season in Right Field, and Carlos decided that the 8th inning of a 3-run ball game was the right time to test Bellinger's arm.
It was a bad enough decision if there wasn't a runner on third at risk of not scoring. But as you can see in the video, Nido doesn't hustle home and Gomez is thrown out before the run crosses the plate. So not only did Gomez take the bat out of Conforto's hands with the tying run on base, his third out negated the run from scoring on JD's should've-been-sac-fly. A HORRIFIC mistake that is INEXCUSABLE on a team that can't get out of their own way.
And I'm not done. Gomez's stupidity let Kenley Jansen escape the 8th inning on 2 pitches. 2 pitches for their closer to get 2 outs in the 8th inning. That's fucking inexcusable. I know Carlos Gomez is not someone who we should be expecting a lot out of, especially mentally, but no one one earth should get paid for that type of blunder. I don't care if he's on a minor league deal. Carlos Gomez got paid thousands of dollars to make a 3rd grade mistake, and it cost the Mets an opportunity to tie or win a game on the road against the best team in the NL.
Or maybe DiSarcina sent him, in which case he should be roasted at the spit for making THREE bad base running calls. Glen Sherlock must be giddy.