Mickey Callaway did not mince his words before the Mets won their third straight Nationals win on Wednesday at Citi Field:
"We have to win a few games. We have to approach that as if it were the playoffs. "
It took a long time, but his team finally reacted with a 6-1 victory.
After being blocked by Max Scherzer for six innings, the Mets found themselves in front of Washington's bad badger in eight innings, starting with a two-point double by Juan Lagares and a three-point run by Rajai Davis in his first match as Met.
This victory allowed the Mets to distance themselves more from the series of five defeats, which had been swept aside by the weak Marlins in Miami, jeopardizing the work of Callaway.
"Nobody wants to do a road trip like this," said Jacob deGrom about his team's winning streak. "Come here and win the first three [of the homestand] is tall."
For a second night in a row, they added drama.
As the Mets shot from behind in the eighth, Adeiny Hechavarria – for an injured Robinson Cano – doubled his center to the left with a win over Kyle Barraclough.
Todd Frazier had a two-lap run before Barraclough was replaced by Sean Doolittle, who hit Carlos Gomez to charge the goals.
Lagares then delivered a double base in the center left to give the Mets their first lead of the night. The center field player is now 3-in-5 against Doolittle.
After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Davis – a pinch for Drew Gagnon – scored 6-1 after coming to the left after arriving at an Uber in Lehigh Valley, where he was preparing to play a game for Triple-A Syracuse before his match. contract was chosen to replace Brandon Nimmo (stiff neck).
"I tried to impact immediately and I was fortunate to have a chance," Davis said.
"It's the man," Callaway said.
During this process, the Mets enjoyed a good start from deGrom, who only allowed a solo match to Adam Eaton in the first run.
He gave two hits in six innings, facing Max Scherzer, who threw six innings in white.
The Mets lost Cano in the process, when the second baseman suffered a tight left quad as he struggled to stumble over the field to end the third.
DeGrom's performance after his worst season against the Marlins also came with Tomas Nido behind the plate. He retired eleven in a row following Eaton's home run before Matt Adams started fifth with a single.
After Wednesday's exit, deGrom had a .67 ERA in 27 innings with a Nido capture, against a 5.53 ERA in 31 innings by Wilson Ramos, and Callaway said the match could continue.
Despite everything, deGrom had to come out of a difficult start.
After giving only 10 homers in 217 innings a year ago, deGrom has allowed his eighth goal in a little over 52 innings when Eaton took it deep with a goal in the first.
The Mets left two starters in the first and fourth innings, losing their chances against Scherzer.
But they forced the right-hander to make 25 shots in the first inning and 103 to six, allowing the Mets to be part of the vulnerable Washington relief corps.
"It was there for a while, I was down," DeGrom said. "These guys fought back and won a match for me."
Robert Gsellman, Drew Gagnon and Tyler Bashlor all started scoreless innings to keep the game in one game and prepare for the second leg.
And that gave the Mets a series of wins that would have seemed very unlikely earlier in the week.
"It happened and it's over," DeGrom said of the sweep in Miami. "Everyone remained positive and he showed the last three games."