The Mets got out of dodge on a high note, defeating the Nationals 5-1 behind the brilliant pitching performance of Jacob deGrom.
Salvaging one win was not the mission New York set out to accomplish, but the dignity they restored by averting a sweep will hopefully reap dividends during their four-game stint against the indomitable Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the Mets have a monumental climb up the NL East ladder ahead of them, Sunday afternoon at Citi Field was sunny with a sigh of relief for Terry Collins, as his ace’s golden arm appears to be free of tarnish.
“He got away from who he is, and now he’s back,” Terry Collins said after the game. “Those kinds of guys, they stop losing streaks. You lose three in a row, who shows up? Jake deGrom.”
Coming off his complete game of deGrominance, deGrom delivered eight innings of one unearned run on three hits – striking out six, allowing just a pair of walks. The velocity and control that was lost is now found. If only it were contagious to the rest of the starting rotation, what a wonderful ball club this would be.
The mighty righty also flexed his muscle at the plate launching an opposite field Father’s Day dinger with David Wright’s bat, the first of his career. Maybe not a bad idea for the slumping Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes to take a whack from the sidelined third baseman’s collection of Louisville sluggers.
Some other positive takeaway from Sunday’s game was the 4-for-4 day by T.J. Rivera, Lucas Duda’s 2-for-3, and the resurgence of Michael Conforto’s bat who had two RBI singles.
This 10-game road trip will be a determining factor as to what the Mets are made of. The Dodgers are insanely good, but if they can split the series, sweep the downtrodden Giants, and grab two out of three in Miami, there may be some light at the end of this very dark tunnel.