Things you should know about today's game...
1) Josh Edgin got Bryce Harper to ground into a 1-2-3 double play to end the game after Jeurys Familia had loaded the bases with nobody out. He struck out Trea Turner before Terry Collins replaced him with Edgin.
2) Travis d'Arnaud homered twice off Max Scherzer and drove in a career-high five runs. After homering in the second to give the Mets a 2-0 lead, d'Arnaud blasted a three-run shot in the fourth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 edge.
3) Jacob deGrom allowed three runs -- all on a pair of homers in the second -- and surrendered six hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts in seven innings, his third straight start with at least 10 punchouts. He leads the National League with 44 strikeouts.
4) Kevin Plawecki and Michael Conforto each drove in a run. Jose Reyes reached base safely three times on a double, single and a walk. It was his second straight multi-hit game.
5) Addison Reed allowed a two-run homer and two singles after relieving Jerry Blevins with two outs and a man on in the eighth.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Snatching a win from the jaws of defeat...after a win that should have been a cinch. Alas, nothing is easy for the Mets these days, but as the saying goes, a win is a win. One down, move on to the next. It's still way too early to seriously worry about standings or records, so just focus on the next game and move forward.
First, deGrom. After a questionable decision-- a poor one, in my opinion -- to go after Matt Wieters with an open base and Scherzer on deck resulted in a two-run homer and 3-2 deficit, deGrom was unreal. Three straight double-digit strikeout games -- 35 in all -- and a "get on my back, I'll take this one myself" performance was exactly what the Mets needed tonight. He looked great, he looked determined and he came through in what is probably the most "must-win" game you can have in April. He's a true bulldog out there and shows it often.
I also can't leave out d'Arnaud, who has been solid from the get-go and has as many homers and RBIs this year as he did all of last season. A productive and HEALTHY year from him would go a long way to extending this lineup. Now the bad news...Familia. The Mets rushed him back after just two minor league rehab appearances, but he's now pitched in five games and has looked fairly awful in the process. He's walked six and allowed four hits in four innings and simply put, he's all over the place. Again, it's only five apperances but add this to the list of things the Mets have to be at least somewhat concerned about at this point. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Post-game reaction from Michael Baron...
That was refreshing, although it got very dicey in the end. The Mets absolutely had to win this game, and they showed up tonight with a purpose, took advantage of an off-night from Scherzer and played with an energy level which has been sorely lacking over the last couple of weeks. They got a gritty performance from deGrom, some movement on the bases from Cabrera and Reyes, and a break out night from d'Arnaud at the plate to end a miserable six-game losing streak.
Early on tonight, deGrom was not on top of his game. He had electric stuff but had inconsistent command of his fastball which resulted in some early damage. But like he's done so many times for this club, he kicked it into gear mid-game, persevered and found a way to hold Washington down to give the Mets a chance to win with what became a dominant effort. And, given the state of the team right now, this performance couldn't come at a better time.
It was nice to see TJ Rivera capitalize on his opportunity tonight. He's a kid who makes contact with regularity, and that's something this swing-and-miss lineup could really use especially with the absence of Yoenis Cespedes for the foreseeable future. And his presence paid off tonight. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped their six-game losing streak and beat the Nationals for just the ninth time in their last 26 meetings.
DeGrom (1-1) has 35 strikeouts in his last three starts spanning 19 2/3 innings. It marked the first time he has ever recorded double-digit strikeouts in three straight starts and he became the first Met to do so since David Cone in 1992.
DeGrom is second in baseball to Boston's Chris Sale at generating swings and misses, totaling 92 in five starts.
D'Arnaud has four homers and 15 RBIs in 19 games, matching his totals from last season when he appeared in 75 games. It was the first multi-homer game of his career.
Prior to the game, the Mets placed Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on Edgin's pitch to Harper: "The way things have been going, that's a big weight off our shoulders tonight. That was a big pitch for us."
DeGrom on finishing his start: "My plan was to go out there for the seventh. I walked in, and they said, 'How you feeling?' I said, 'I'm fine. I'm going back out.'"
Edgin on his appearance: "I was trying to get a ground ball and we got it," Edgin said. "Turned two and got the save and got the win. We needed the win."
The Mets (9-13) try for consecutive wins for the first time since winning five straight from April 9-13 when they face the Nationals (16-7) at Nationals Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. on PIX11.
Zack Wheeler (1-2, 5.40 ERA, 1.108 WHIP) allowed a first-inning grand slam but just one hit and two walks over the ensuing six innings against Washington on Sunday. The 26-year-old completed seven innings on Sunday for the first time since Aug. 27, 2015. Wheeler has won just twice in nine career decisions against the Nationals while posting a 5.09 ERA and 1.396 WHIP in 53 innings.
Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.89 ERA, 1.036 WHIP) will look to continue his strong run of success against New York. The 28-year-old has pitched seven innings in all four of his starts this season and earned the win after striking out 10 Braves on April 20. Strasburg went 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three starts against the Mets last year. He's 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 career starts against New York.