When this day started the Mets revealed the fact that Jacob deGrom would be placed on the injured list likely missing only one start in the rotation but as the game went on the Mets lost 2 more players-Jeff McNeil who suffered body cramps trying to stretch a single into a double and then Albert Almora Jr, crashed into the wall trying to make a catch hitting his head in a very scary moment. But this team never quits and they came from behind the win this one 3-2 plating 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
And much like Friday night, the heroes were plentiful but the final batter of the game was Patrick Mazeika who once again hit a soft ground ball that plated the winning run as Jonathan Villar carved out a head first fade away slide to send the Met faithful home happy. It was the 6th consecutive win for the Mets who now stand at 17-13 after 30 games in first place in the NL East and keep showing the never say die attitude that winning teams exhibit.
That ninth inning was set up for the game winner with big hits from Kevin Pillar, the aforementioned Jonathan Villar and Dom Smith who tied the game with an RBI hit replacing Albert Almora Jr, in the lineup after he left the game wuth his injury.
When you look at all the things this team has dealt with the past couple of weeks from injuries which are starting to pile up, coaching changes and off the field drama it is amazing they are owners of a six game winning streak but it speaks to both their togetherness and desire which is obvious every day. In fact after the game Dom Smith alluded to the fact that the media in its interrogation of the off the field stuff sometimes forgets how hard this team plays and honestly that is a valid point.
We saw it here on Friday when the rat issue became the focus and the story was really the comeback win and we saw a repeat of that performance tonight. It goes back to what I have said on ESPN all weekend–these off the field issues are really bringing the Mets CLOSER together and yes teams have altercations but when this team takes the field and crosses the line they are one unified collection of players that pushes each other to the limits of their abilities. So I kind of understand what Dom Smith was saying.
The Mets are in first place in the NL East with a .567 Winning percentage and only the Cards and Giants have a higher winning percentage in the senior circuit. Not the Dodgers, Not The Padres, Not The Braves, Not The Phils, not The Nationals. And that speaks volumes on what is inside the bodies and souls of these Met players.
We are witnessing the start of what could be a great season for them. More obstacles will surface as they always do in a 162 game season. But given all of the obstacles they have already faced the Mets own a 10-4 record here at CitiField and are starting to make this place a venue very few opponents will enjoy visiting.
And when this roster starts hitting the way the back of their baseball cards read, things can get even scarier for Met opponents. And I get the sense that will begin to evolve as the Mets keep winning.
all photos Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2021