The Mets have won nine of their last 14 games - just before this stretch, David Wright held a team meeting about their poor play.
“I just think that ... I’m a hell of a motivator,” Wright joked, according to the New York Post. I think that kind of kick-started us. We were able to take a deep breath. We won a game. It wasn’t pretty, but we won a game. From then on I think it allowed us to take a deep breath and just enjoy playing the game and play a little more free.”
Overall, the Mets are 15-22 against the National League East this season; Washington is the only team which the Mets have a winning record against in the division.
Dillon Gee has three of the four wins against the Nationals this season, allowing two earned runs in 18 2/3 innings against them. Overall, Gee is 6-1 in his career against Washington, which ties him for the most wins against the Nationals since 2010 with Cole Hamels.
"I thought the start at Yankee Stadium shot his confidence as high as it could be," Terry Collins said about Gee. "He now knows he has good enough stuff, that his arm isn't going to hurt him, that he can make pitches when he needs to make them. It's made a big difference."
Gee's performance yesterday helped the starting pitching improve their ERA to 1.64 over their last six games, and 2.23 over their last 13 home games. While the Mets are 4-2 over their last six games overall, they're 6-7 over their last 13 home games.
“It was big to get out of that first inning like that,” Gee said. “I just tried to bear down and make pitches out of the stretch. I didn’t feel all that good today but it went my way.”