This win not only keeps the Mets out of the cellar, but it snaps a five-game losing streak and a nine-game home loss streak. They’ve also broken their streak of 16 straight home games where they scored three runs or less.
Tonight also marked the first time the Mets scored three runs in an inning at home since the All Star break.
The Mets now have a game and a half on the Marlins in the battle to stay out of the cellar.
Last night’s remarks by Terry Collins about the team quitting seem to have settled in with the Mets today. They proved Collins wrong as Jon Niese struck out seven batters over 6.1 innings and Ike Davis and Scott Hairston went yard.
This game was a must-win for the Mets. They had to prove to their manager that they haven’t quit, and they had to prove to themselves that they can provide the offense needed to win the game. Yesterday, the team laid down and died after the first inning. Today, the Mets played it like they were in a playoff game, with Terry Collins taking Lucas Duda out after the third inning for a “lack of hustle.”
I wish the Mets can play all of their games like they played tonight; when I got home from work, even though it was the top of the ninth, I still turned on my TV because Mets victories come few and far between. There’s 12 games left in the season, 12 games to play for their dignity, the respect of their fans, and R.A. Dickey’s 20th win.