Kevin Pillar said it best after the encounter with the Phils when he commented, “We never feel we are out of a game.” And those words seem to follow the Mets each and every day as the Mets scored 2 in the bottom on the ninth inning to beat the Phils 4-3 before a passionate crowd at CitiField.
Jacob deGrom started this one and gave up 2 runs in 6 innings to balloon his ERA to 0.69 for the season. It was the first time the Met ace gave up more than 1 run in any start but was taken off the hook by a Kevin Pillar solo homer that tied the score at 2. Edwin Diaz gave up a run in the top of the ninth but they Mets had just started to think of about what theatrics they could show the nearly 30,000 fans that came to Citi to watch the Mets and Jacob deGrom.
Luis Guillorme drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game and that was a story in of itself. It was the 11th time the Mets drew a bases loaded walk this season and it has been done by 11 different Mets speaking to their overall plate discipline in those situations. Michael Conforto lofted a sac fly 2 batters later to give the Mets the walk off win which speaks to the “survive and advance” mentality that this team shows every day.
The win coupled with losses from both the Braves and Nationals gives them a 5 game lead in the NL East over the Nats with both the Braves and Phils now trailing by six games. The loss column lead is even larger as they lead the Nats by 6 in the loss column while Phils trail by 7 and the Braves trail by 8 in that important category.
The team is also 24-10 here at CitiField and as fans start piling into the park in our post-pandemic transition this joint could become a real tough spot for their opponents to visit. And games like today prove that as Michael Conforto said after the game, ” Our fans play a big role in our success and who knows–maybe some of these Neris walks were a direct result of them.”
On this day, it certainly appeared so as I remember something Casey Stengel said years ago when the 69 Mets were doing their thing when he commented, “It is 1969 and our team has finally caught up with our fans. Now both are amazing.”
It seems the 2021 Mets might be reaching that point real soon.