For all intents and purposes just about every Met game is a must win for their playoff hopes and when Jacob deGrom was forced to the sidelines with a nagging hamstring after only 2 innings it felt like a punch in the stomach for the team.
Add in the fact they were already down 3-0 and you could see the Mets were in dire straits. Michael Wacha came in and kept the game from getting out of hand but the Mets trailed 4-0 through 4 innings.
And then JD Davis took over-scoring the first Met run after hitting a lead off double in the fifth and then crushed a 2 run homer in the sixth to bring the Mets within a run. And then in the 8th inning he hit a booming double scoring Michael Conforto to even the score.
In the final frame, Andres Gimenez put the Mets in the lead with a RBI single and Edwin Diaz struck out the side to seal a 5-4 Met win. It was the type of gut check win we saw in the second half of last season when the Mets came from behind frequently and got their bullpen in order
JD Davis said after the game, “We have a great lineup but driving in runners in scoring has been an issue all year. But tonight we got the job done much in the way we did last year. This could be a big moment for us.”
JD is absolutely correct but time is running thin in their playoff quest. They sit 2 and ha;f games behind the Phils and 4 games behind the Marlins in NL East plus a host of wild card contender. But a win tonight vs Aaron Nola could push them back in the race. It would pull them to within one and half games of the Phils and depending on what happens on the out of town scoreboard it could pull them closer to the Marlins and those other wild card teams.
With 11 games left it is a slim chance but last night the Mets proved to us all they will quit only when elimination is a mathematical reality and not a second before that moment. Hopefully for the members of that Met clubhouse that will use last night’s win to believe having a chance is the first step towards saving this truncated 60 game season for MetsNation. Please listen to Zoo post game audio below!