It’s premature to suggest the Mets turned things around, but it isn’t going out on a limb to say that with their last two games in Arizona this is best they have felt about themselves since late April.
On Saturday, Steven Matz pitched brilliantly with his fourth quality start in his last five games. He was helped by Michael Conforto, who drove in four runs with a three-run homer and double, in a 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Today, Zack Wheeler continued his strong pitching, and the offense scored four runs after two outs in the ninth on Brandon Nimmo’s three-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo drive.
“It’s been a while,” Nimmo said. “And so for us to get that second win in a row, on a big hit, that’s really good for our positivity going forward, our momentum going forward. Like I said, I don’t know what it means for our future. I hope this team keeps fighting.”
Outside of Nimmo’s homer, the Mets’ biggest hit was a bunt single by Jose Reyes, who then scored on Jose Bautista’s double.
“I just put it down and ran, man,” said Reyes. “It means a lot, because I feel like I contributed today. I contributed to the ballclub. I contributed to this win.”
Unbelievably, Nimmo followed with his homer.
“It felt like a weight had been lifted off us,” said Nimmo, who has arguably been the Mets’ best player this season.
Wheeler certainly thinks so, saying: “It’s a fresh breath of air. We needed that hit and he came through for us at the right time. He’s becoming a very good player for us.”
With the two victories, the Mets are now eight games under .500 as they travel to Colorado to face the Rockies.
Denver has always been a tough place for the Mets to play, but there have been a lot of things trending up for them, notably Nimmo and Conforto, the latter is showing breakout signs.
The starting pitching with Wheeler, Matz and Jacob deGrom has been strong, and the bullpen has been effective over the past two games.
Yeah, it’s been only two games, but streaks start with the smallest steps.