Mancuso: Gotta Believe Mets Can Win At Citi

Mets Have No Quit

Who said the Mets had no ability to get the big hit at Citi Field? Five home runs and a comeback 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals at Citi Field Saturday afternoon will say the Mets can win at home and get the big hit. This is baseball and as they say anything is possible on any given day.

The Mets had their day Saturday. Start with J.D. Davis and his two home runs, Michael Conforto with his first home run of the season, Pete Alonso with his second career home run, and the veteran Robinson Cano. Oh, Keon Broxton drove in the game winning hit with the opposite field  RBI single in the eighth inning.

So the Mets are capable of winning games at Citi Field. And this was what they wanted after a lackluster 4-0 loss to the Nationals Thursday, not the  proper Opening Day and way to begin a new season in Flushing.

But five home runs at Citi Field, marking the third time the team has hit that many at the new ballpark,  will show again that this team has no quit.

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“.Never say die attitude,” said manager Mickey Callaway. The manager said this was reiterated often during spring training.  The Mets would not quit after Jeurys Familia allowed two home runs in a game for the first time in his career in the Nationals’ eighth inning. Then it was time for that no quit attitude and going to work for the Mets in their half of the inning.

Pete Alonso and then Robinson Cano went back-to-back off Justin Miller.  There was no quit and all you heard in the clubhouse afterwards was that ability to pick each other up. Example this day was picking up for Familia. He eventually got the win with a bullpen that is being tested the first week of the season.  

Neil Miller/ NYSD

“I think that’s the biggest story, we’re not a team that will quit,” Davis said.  Callaway wasn’t asked about Davis. In the event that bat gets hot, and with the inevitable return of Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie, Davis could still be in that equation for the infield.

Leave that for another day. Because on this day, and what they believe, these Mets have no quit. More so, they can win at Citi Field even though they got to the Nationals bullpen that has not performed and with the worst ERA in baseball.

Steven Matz once again did not factor in his eighth straight start . High pitch count and early for Matz through 5.0 innings.That bullpen worked again and Edwin Diaz earned his fourth save and third against the Nationals in a week.

However, this was a win the Mets proved they can win and at home. Until that eighth inning, it appeared they were headed to another loss at Citi Field. But not like last year, this may be a different group that was put together by the GM Brodie Van Wagenen.  The GM worked the room after this win, He is not shy about letting this team know he has a presence.

Winning at home is everything. “That attitude is infectious,” Alonso said.  He said the Mets saying is, ‘Ya gotta believe.’” We can start believing about this Mets team delivering more wins at Citi Field.

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Rich Mancuso

Rich Mancuso is a regular contributor at NY Sports Day, covering countless New York Mets, Yankees, and MLB teams along with some of the greatest boxing matches over the years. He is an award winning sports journalist and previously worked for The Associated Press, New York Daily News, Gannett, and, in a career that spans almost 40 years.

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