Eventually, the New York Mets will lose a game, but for now the ride is terrific. The Mets won their tenth straight game tonight, 3-2 over Atlanta, and did it in a manner that makes you admire with how this is all coming together.
They are playing like “a perfect ten.”
FLORES: Big night. (AP)
The Mets are 12-3, a lofty record they haven’t seen since 1986, when they rolled through the National League to win the World Series. That team was loaded with stars that won in a braggart, in-your-face style. In spring training then-manager Davey Johnson said his team would dominate.
It’s not that way this year. Of those dozen wins, seven have been of the come-from-behind variety. There’s been a minimum of power, but these guys are playing the game the right way and have overcome a string of injuries to put themselves on top of the National League East.
It should be interesting when the Washington Nationals come to town.
“I really believe winning is contagious,” manager Terry Collins said. “Everybody wants to contribute and be a part of it.”
Tonight included a leaping catch by Ruben Tejada to stunt a potential big inning and reliever Buddy Carlyle got a huge out from the bullpen.
However, it all began with Dillon Gee – who was pitching for his spot in the rotation – giving up two runs in seven innings. That’s a quality game by any definition. The Mets sent down Rafael Montero to stretch him out, and Gee, whom was on the trading block this winter, could be the odd man out. They’ll go with a six-man rotation once, but after that, it’s not encouraging for Gee.
Gee fell behind twice, but the Mets came from behind each time to tie the game. The first time was on Wilmer Flores‘ single and the second came on his homer. Flores began the season as a question mark, but is having a good start and has fielded his position well enough to where it is not an issue.
How they won tonight it was delightful to watch, beginning with pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson drawing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth. Collins rarely calls a hit-and-run, but did so with Juan Lagares, who dribbled the ball into right field. A criticism of Lagares is he doesn’t handle the bat well, but he was flawless here.
Then Lucas Duda, who is off to a blistering start at the plate, went to the opposite field with a game-winning single.
In the end Jeurys Familia blew way the Braves in a 1-2-3 ninth.
There was more, including Lagares’ extra-base hit robbing catch in the seventh that kept Gee in for that inning. In addition to Familia, the bullpen again was solid. At one time the bullpen was a concern, but even without Jerry Blevins they are producing.
During this streak the Mets have beaten every team in their division.
“We are setting the tone for the rest of the summer,” Collins said, adding it will make for interesting watching.
It already is. Nobody knows how this season will unfold, but for now this is a team one can love.