Mets created total chaos by batting out of order against the Reds


Bruce gets penalized because Flores and Cabrera batted out of order, which is sort of silly, but those are the rules. Cabrera was still credited with a double in the scorebook, and Bruce officially was ruled out as 2-unassisted.

Well, as it turns out, the Mets were caught batting out of order, apparently because they turned in the wrong lineup card.

"It's frustrating", Callaway said.

The lineup handed to the umpires had Asdrubal Cabrera hitting second and Wilmer Flores batting third.

The Reds went on to defeat the Mets, 2-1, on a 10th-inning house run by Adam Duvall.

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. At that point Reds manager Jim Riggleman walks out to alert the umps of the Mets' mistake.

Adrian Gonzalez, the Mets' No. 5 hitter, led off the top of the second inning. The time is now for the 29-year-old to reinvent himself but given the state of the Reds, not to mention Harvey himself, this move could wind up doing more harm than good.

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Teams bat out of turn with alarming regularity.

Following the first inning screw up, the lineup reverts back to the official batting order, so Cabrera bats second and Flores third.

New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets had some fun with it on their Twitter page.

Can someone send this down to the third base dugout?

The Mets are 18-17 and have lost eight of their last nine games.

Still, it's hard to imagine the Reds acquiring Harvey just so he can pitch in blowouts, so he figures to be given at least a few chances to start and show what he's still got left in the tank.

So, the first inning starts.