Mets manager Terry Collins’ clairvoyant line-up moves have been the catalyst for three consecutive come from behind wins and NY is now sitting very pretty in the NL East driver’s seat with a commanding seven game lead.
Last night it was the seldom-used Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the go-ahead homer, and tonight, Kelly Johnson, pinch-hitting for the flaming hot Wilmer Flores, tied the score with a solo shot in the eighth.
Yoenis Cespedes has been exceptionales since being acquired by the Amazins, delivering the deciding blow that completed a three game sweep, the second time NY has done so against the Nats this season.
The DC capital gang is not out of it mathematically, but mentally, it’s taking its toll. Washington manager Matt Williams must have been fit to be tied watching Stephen Strasburg’s superb 13 strike out performance squandered by the struggling relief efforts of Drew Storen, fresh off of Tuesday’s sixth inning debacle.
The Nationals’ battered bullpen is in serious need of repair, and with 23 games left on their docket, it’s doubtful they will be a much of a threat to the Mets down the stretch.
Met’s starter Jacob deGrom was a menace to DC society, giving up only two runs, while striking out nine in 7 2/3 innings. And Jeurys Familia was business as usual shutting down the side in the ninth for his 39th save.
Bartolo Colon brings his scoreless 25-inning streak to Turner Field tomorrow as he takes on the Braves in the first of four games in Atlanta.
The once feared “America’s Team” has fallen on hard times, 2-8 in their last ten games, so the door is wide open for the Mets to fatten their lead in the NL East, and get within striking distance of their magic number.