The Mets have waited all season for Curtis Granderson to answer his wake up call. Did he finally pick up the phone?
Moved to the cleanup spot, Granderson drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and two-run homer in the Mets’ 5-1 victory Sunday over the Washington Nationals.
“When he’s hitting we’re a completely different team,” said manager Terry Collins.
Granderson has three homers, eight RBI and has scored six runs over his last six games, but even if he continues on a streak of historic proportions, he won’t finish with the numbers he envisioned coming out of spring training.
He’s hitting .222, but what is alarming is his homers-to-RBI ratio of 23-43.
Perhaps also warming up – just in time to his return to Cincinnati – is Jay Bruce, who had two hits, including a two-run homer.
With the victory, the Mets remain one game behind St. Louis for the second wild card. They have now won 11 of their last 15 games.
Starting on the heels of Gsellman’s strong start the previous night, Lugo was terrific, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings.
He’s now 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA since joining the Mets.
If there was a turning point, it came in the first inning when the Nationals loaded the bases, but Lugo escaped untouched.
“Absolutely,” Collins said when asked if that was a deciding factor. “He needed to get out of it and he did. He settled down and pitched well.”
Lugo, Gsellman and Gabriel Ynoa have a combined six victories as spot starters.
KEEPING IT GOING: Yes, the Mets are hot, and yes, their schedule is seemingly easier than the rest of their competitors for the wild card.
“We need to go and have a good road trip and see where we are when we get back,” Collins said.
Here’s hoping the Mets sleep fast tonight as they have a 1 p.m., game tomorrow in Cincinnati.