On a 1-1 pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday, Robinson Cano sent a pitch into the upper deck behind right field of Marlins Park. He also sent his team home with a 4-2 win thanks to the two-run homer.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said following the win that the outcome was just what the doctor ordered for the 36-year-old infielder, who's had a tough season on the road, specifically.
"Yeah, he needed it," Callaway said. "Obviously we've talked about his struggles on the road and to get a go-ahead home run, has to make him feel good tonight."
The proof of Cano's season is in the numbers. Entering Saturday at home, he's batting at a .318 average compared to .196 away from Citi Field. Still, Cano was not taking extra victory laps during his ensuing interview after the game.
"It means a lot, not because I hit a homer, because I helped the team win a game," Cano said.
"You just want to be successful in a situation like that. You want to help the starter to go out with the team and win games," Cano added. "That's what we're here for."
Throughout Cano's struggling first half of the season, he's kept a positive outlook, never getting too low, and like Saturday, never getting too high. Callaway credited that veteran mentality as the reason Cano came through for the Mets.
"He's been doing this a long time. Hall of Fame type of career, he understands the game of baseball. I'm sure that he doesn't get too frustrated. He comes here every day to win," Callaway said.
However, there was one nugget Cano did mention. He's felt healthier lately after having being hit in his hand earlier in the year. The vet got some extra rest and healing time over the recent All-Star break.
"I would never use it for an excuse like that, but right now my hand feels really good," Cano said.
Callaway and the Mets will hope Cano's power and consistency continues and helps the team build a winning streak after getting back to 10 games under .500 with Saturday's win.