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On another night in which the New York Mets looked like less than a major league baseball team, some fans at the game showed their frustration by shielding their eyes. 

Games started by New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom are supposed to be happy occasions. They’ve been just about everything but that despite the right-hander’s brilliance thus far in 2018.

DeGrom wasn’t his typical dominant self on Saturday, yet still managed to allowed just three runs on five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in six innings. He left with his team down by a score of 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who proceeded to tee off on Robert Gsellman, racking up five runs over the next two innings.

The game — or the pain, whichever you’d like to refer to it these days — ended with an 8-3 loss for Mickey Callaway‘s club, dropping them to 31-43 on the season. In case you need help with the math, they’ve gone 20-42 after starting the year 11-1 in order to end up in their current predicament.

Getting some home cooking isn’t doing them any favors, either. New York is now 13-23 at Citi Field in 2018, which includes 10 losses in their last 11 games.

How could anyone watch this kind of baseball, you ask? Well, like this, via James Wagner of the New York Times:

Yea, that about sums it up. The fall has been fast, and it’s been incredibly painful.

General manager Sandy Alderson recently said that he’s not ready to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at this point. Really, though? One can see where he’s coming from, but just a quick look at New York’s situation and it’s hard to envision a way for it to get better.

The Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals have all passed them in the National League East standings, and they’re a mere afterthought in the wild-card race. A comeback into contention would take a number of collapses by opposing teams.

And, you know, the Mets would actually have to start winning games on a somewhat consistent basis again.

Putting a paper bag over one’s head to voice displeasure and embarrassment with their club may seem foolish to some, but it’s likely just a small sampling of how the general fan base feels watching this club struggle every night.

Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.