Major league whoops: Mets bat out of order in first inning

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NY has lost seven of eight since the calendar flipped to May before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds happened.

With two outs and the bases empty, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to left off Cincinnati right-hander Sal Romano.

Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman then immediately approached plate umpire Gabe Morales with his lineup card. Cabrera was on-deck to hit second in the inning after Nimmo. It seems like a bit of a cruel fate for Bruce, who had nothing to do with the mistake, but this is how order was restored to the galaxy. Duvall connected for the first game-ending homer of his career off A.J. Ramos (1-2), sending NY to its eighth loss in nine games.

Flores batted out of turn and struck out for the second out. Cabrera's double stood within the document books and Bruce was formally put out by the catcher, unassisted (in the event you're scoring at house).

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In addition to mishandling the lineup card Wednesday afternoon, the Mets lost their eighth game in nine tries, plus lost their series to the Reds, who entered it with just eight wins. "We had a chance to score in the first, and we didn't". They may even be able to trade him to another team if he can turn things around fast enough. They have always found a way to bat in the correct order though.

The New York Mets are struggling to keep pace with their National League East rivals these days, but a monumental blunder Wednesday isn't going to help with any of that. However, the lineup sent out by computer pregame and posted on the dugout wall incorrectly had the two hitters switched in the order. The Mets have nowhere to go but up for the rest of the game, right?

And the Cincinnati Reds were quick to respond with a jest on Twitter. He allowed one run on three hits in six innings of a 2-0 loss to the Rockies.