The Mets lost to the Nationals in brutal fashion on Monday night, and their bats went mostly silent during Tuesday night's loss.
A loss on Wednesday night would have meant a three-game sweep, and the continuation of the sky-is-falling-the-Mets-aren't-for-real narrative that was being pushed by some during the prior 48 hours.
Instead, the Mets erupted for nine runs in the eighth inning -- turning a two-run deficit in to a seven-run lead. It was punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes, who paused for effect before rounding the bases.
The Mets are 13-4 instead of 12-5. They're 5.0 games up on the Nats instead of 3.0.
So, how important was Wednesday night's win?
"It's just huge for us to avoid the sweep and go on the road and fly to Atlanta happy," Michael Conforto said afterwards, per Laura Albanese of Newsday. "It's good to [have these comeback wins] early. I think it's just the personality of this team - no quit. Todd (Frazier) says it all the time: 'We play nine innings for a reason.'"
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For all who said that Monday night's game was a defining one, Wednesday night's was as well. In fact, it arguably may be even more defining. Why? Because it's a game that the Mets likely would have lost last year. It's a game they most definitely would not have come back from, would have just given up on -- and they would have been swept by the Nationals.
Yes, Monday night's game was embarrassing. They should not have lost that game, but they blew it. They took that loss with them on Tuesday and struggled all night. And at first, it looked like the same thing was going to happen on Wednesday. But it didn't. And that's what makes the game so important. The Mets pulled themselves together, and rallied hard. They did not want to go on the road after a three-game losing streak, and they especially did not want to be swept by their division rivals. And that's what they showed us.
As a fan, I was feeling weary before Wednesday night's game. I was nervous that we were retreating back to what we were. I know that may have been jumping the gun a bit, but Monday was bad, and Tuesday did not help. To be honest, I had a bad feeling for the majority of Wednesday night's game. Until the comeback happened. And all of those negative feelings disappeared.