METS RELIEVER LOPEZ EJECTED, TOSSES GLOVE INTO STANDS, DFA’ED!

By Sally Hanson

The Mets have melted down.

And their season is on the brink of disaster.

When Jorge Lopez entered yesterday’s game, Adam Ottavino had just allowed an RBI single in the eighth inning to put the Los Angeles Dodgers up 5-3.

López allowed a double to rookie Miguel Vargas, got Mookie Betts to fly out, then allowed an opposite-field, two-run homer to Shohei Ohtani, pushing Los Angeles’ lead to 9-3.

Then López threw a 2-1 slider to Freddie Freeman that was low and inside, but drew a checked swing from the former MVP. López believed Freeman had swung, and argued his case forcefully enough that he was ejected by third base umpire Ramon De Jesus.

The right-hander had a few more words for De Jesus, then walked off the mound, tossed his glove into the stands in apparent frustration and exited to the clubhouse, leaving his team to bring Josh Walker in for a mid-at-bat replacement.

Freeman proceeded to walk and the Dodgers went on to finish off a 10-3 win over the Mets, completing a road sweep after winning both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Many people believed that was already a bad look for López. Mets manager Carlos Mendoza concurred, telling reporters after the game that López’s glove toss was “not acceptable” and promised to address the matter internally.

Reporters proceeded to interview López, who had some wild things to say about the state of the Mets and his place on the team.

López’s answer on if he regretted the glove toss:

“No. I don’t regret it. I think I’ve been on the worst team in probably the whole f***ing MLB. Whatever happened happens, so whatever they want do. I’ll be here tomorrow if they want me. I’m going to keep doing this thing. I’m healthy. I’m ready to come back tomorrow if they want me to be here.”

It should be noted that some people didn’t hear López saying “the worst team in probably the whole f***ing MLB.” They heard “the worst teammate probably in the whole f***ing MLB.” MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo asked for clarification on that point and was told López meant to say he was the worst teammate on the worst team in MLB.

As López’s words spread across the internet, multiple members of the Mets media contingent, including the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, reported that the team was planning to designate the pitcher for assignment, ending his tenure with the team.

 

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