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Mets’ offense comes to life in win over Nationals

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Runners actually crossed home plate in this game.

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It was not a good day in Metsland leading up to Monday night’s game. Having been swept by the last-place Marlins, Mickey Callaway’s seat had never been hotter. The players held a meeting to support their manager, which Brodie Van Wagenen addressed in a press conference before the game. During that press conference, it was also revealed that Seth Lugo was going on the injured list and Yoenis Cespedes broke his ankle on his ranch. It was quite an eventful hour, and there was still a game to be played against the Nationals.

Drew Gagnon was originally rumored to start this game, but with Seth Lugo going on the IL, the Mets’ plans changed and they gave Wilmer Font the start instead. Last week, when Patrick Corbin and Font squared off it got ugly quick. In the first in this game it seemed like more of the same. Trea Turner doubled to lead off the game, and then Anthony Rendon walked with one out to put two runners on. But in a nice change of pace, Font settled in and got out of the inning.

It was the Mets who actually struck first. After not scoring at all in the final two games against Miami, they wasted no time in getting on the board. Amed Rosario blasted a home run to center with one out, and then Pete Alonso followed his lead two batters later with a blast of his own.

The Mets even doubled their lead against Corbin when both Todd Frazier and Carlos Gomez picked up RBI hits in the third. Frazier had been slumping mightily but he had a pretty good day overall at the plate. The team desperately needs him to start producing if they are to pull themselves out of the spiral they were in.

Given a 4-0 lead, Font did pretty well for himself. Walks eventually did him in, as well as Anthony Rendon who continues to torch the Mets. Rendon put the Nationals on the board with a solo home run in the fourth, and after walks to Gerardo Parra and Victor Robles, Yan Gomes drove in Washington’s second run with a single. Font completed the inning and his night was done. He pitched four innings and gave up two runs. He struck out three and walked four. Not the prettiest of stat lines but it got the job done.

The real standout was Drew Gagnon, who eventually picked up the win. He didn’t allow a hit in two innings of work, and he struck out two. Keeping the Nationals off the board came at a crucial time in the game since Corbin also settled in and kept the Mets’ offense in check.

Neither side scored again until the eighth. Jeurys Familia pitched a solid seventh, but trying to push him in the eighth was too much. Rendon doubled, and Juan Soto brought him home against Daniel Zamora. That cut the lead to one single run, but the Nationals gave it right back. Two errors allowed Carlos Gomez to reach base and then move to second. Dominic Smith provided the insurance with a single to give the Mets a two-run lead.

Since things are never easy for this team right now, Edwin Diaz allowed the first two runners he faced to reach base. That turned the lineup over so he had to face Trea Turner and Adam Eaton, but he worked around his mistakes and stopped the bleeding for himself and the team.

This team still has a lot of work to do, but after the events of the past 48 hours, just getting back in the win column seemed like a monumental feat, accomplished just in the nick of time.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Amed Rosario +12.0%, Robert Gsellman +12.0%, Drew Gagnon +11.3%
Big losers: None
Total pitcher WPA: +27.6%
Total batter WPA: +22.4%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Amed Rosario home run in first
Teh sux0rest play: Yan Gomes single in ninth