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The 2020 New York Mets are Unwatchable

The New York Mets were supposed to be contenders in 2020. Instead, they’ve become an unwatchable garbage fire of a baseball team.

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The 2020 New York Mets are Unwatchable

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“Is that your first sigh of the year?”

Gary Cohen, the extraordinary play-by-play broadcaster for the Mets on SNY, asked former Met and fellow broadcaster Keith Hernandez after Michael Wacha gave up his 5th earned run in two innings.

Keith takes a few seconds to think, perhaps double-check his count, and then like the majority of us watching the Mets take on the Braves, he gives up looking for answers.

“I think I’ve lost count.”

The New York Mets were supposed to be contenders in 2020. They made some decent offseason moves, but they seemed poised to take advantage of their momentum from 2019. Pete Alonso, the newly crowned Rookie of the Year, was back and ready to rumble. Jacob deGrom, the back-to-back Cy Young winner of the last two years, was still their ace. They had everything going for them.

And then the wheels fell off and we’re just 15% of the way through the season.

The New York Mets, who have dropped their last 4 games, are officially unwatchable. They are not a fun baseball team to follow in the middle of a pandemic. In fact, I’d rather watch anything else at this point. I almost switched to the White Sox/Royals game when Wacha watched as another Brave crossed the plate.

It’s awful. It’s truly awful baseball.

This team is not competitive, they are barely functioning. How can this be the product anyone thought would be competitive? Seriously. What are we doing here, y’all?

The Mets cannot score a run without going yard, and they have constantly stranded runners in scoring position. Swinging at pitches out of the zone, getting behind in counts, and hoping for opposing pitchers to make mistakes is not an offensive strategy, it’s madness.

This team is redefining “not living up to expectations” on a nightly basis. Their offseason acquisitions are flailing, the bullpen’s about as unstable as a nuclear power plant in full meltdown, and no one can hit. The Mets sit at 28th in the league in ERA. That’s abysmal, especially when pitching was supposed to be our strong suit in 2020.

And worst of all, when we do get a moment’s respite from the darkness that is the 2020 Mets on days that Jacob deGrom pitches, it’s completely torched by their inability to score runs. If we can’t enjoy watching Jake pitch, then what are we even doing here people?

This team is infuriating and there’s no end in sight, as the Mets flail and flounder in their own mediocracy. This team is unwatchable, and if things don’t turn around quickly, they might just be unfollowable as well.

This Mets team was sold as a return to the golden summers of 2015 and 2016, and we bought into it. The yearly #UnbridledOptimism grew and grew as we waited for the Orange and Blue to take the field. Now we’re at the point where it’s tough to even put them on every night.

How much more heartbreak can you take without the hope that things will change? Sure, we’re nine games in. But if this were a full 162 game season, the Mets would be 8-19 through April. That’s not good. This, however, is even worse:

That’s an unwatchable team right there. If you need me, I’ll be at the nearest church, praying they can turn things around and fast.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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