On a night where the Mets needed a spark, two of their leaders delivered in a huge way.
Jacob deGrom pitched one of his best games of the season, while Pete Alonso helped supply the power in the Mets' 10-2 victory over Atlanta.
It was a bit of a tumultuous day for the Mets, as they held a full team meeting not long before first pitch. The club then announced a series of roster moves to shake up the bullpen again. The Mets needed to come out and make sure they came out strong against the division-leading Braves and that's exactly what they did.
DeGrom went 8+ innings on Tuesday, striking out 10 while allowing just three hits. Two of those hits, and both of the runs he allowed, came on a pair of ninth-inning home runs.
For the first eight innings though, he dominated.
"He was electric," said Mickey Callaway. "That was him every day last year. This is what he's been building up to. He stepped up when his team needed it most. He did what an ace does, and he went out there and shut down a great lineup."
"We need every [win] we can get," deGrom said afterwards. "We've struggled a little bit and want to get on a roll. Hopefully this starts one."
While deGrom delivered on the mound, Alonso helped deliver at the plate. The Mets put 10 runs on the board, including a pair on Alonso's 24th home run of the season. Overall, Alonso went 4-4 and drove in three runs.
"For this entire year, we've just been a pretty resilient group," Alonso said. "Yeah, there's been times we've been down, but we don't stop working, we don't stop preparing. We're not going to fold. We're just going to keep grinding away at this, and we still have a lot of ball left.
"We're getting closer to the midway point, and we're just going to keep grinding every single day, keep competing and giving our best effort out there. That's all we can do."