The Mets, in their manager's mind, could have rolled over.
Had that happened, and the Mets' 6-1 homestand that included a sweep of the Nationals and taking two of three from the Tigers wasn't reality, perhaps Mickey Callaway would be out of a job. Instead, his club is back at .500 following Sunday's 4-3 win over Detroit.
"Coming off that Miami series, coming home, we get some guys hurt, it would have been easy -- most organizations would've just folded at that point," Callaway said.
The skipper went on to compliment one of his bosses, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
"[To] Brodie's credit, our front office's credit, they got the players that can step in and keep us competitive.
"They just willed it to happen," Callaway continued. "We obviously had some personnel losses, that's where the depth comes in. We've been harping on our depth all offseason, trying to build it as best we could. It kept things from spiraling out of control."
Among the moves Callaway is referencing include the signings of veterans Adeiny Hechavarria and Carlos Gomez to Minor League deals this offseason. Hechavarria clubbed a go-ahead, three-run shot that fueled the victory Sunday and Gomez, who'd already come up with big hits this past week, made a sensational diving catch in left field.
Rajai Davis, who the Mets designated for assignment Sunday in order to activate Michael Conforto, is another example of a depth signing that paid off, especially with injuries to Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo leaving the Mets outfield shorthanded.
The Mets have a tough test ahead of them with four games against the Dodgers -- the National League's best team -- beginning Monday with a marquee matchup on the mound between Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw.