As we sit around waiting for Manny Acta to be fired, the guys at USA Today point out something I did not realize:
Sunday’s loss to the Rays completed a series sweep by Tampa Bay and dropped the Nationals to 16-45, the exact same record the ’62 Mets had after 61 games.
Yes, they’re bad, but they haven’t felt historically bad to me this year. I mean, if you go back and check, I bet I said way more bad things about Washington in last year’s ATH recaps than this year’s. They’ve lost a lot of games, but the stink has been of a certain type — lots of blown games by the bullpen and some generalized dread — but hadn’t, in my mind at least, worked its way down to a 1962-Mets level. Or even a 2003 Tigers level. But numbers don’t lie.
Well, often they do, but in this case the don’t.