The New York Mets hoped they had begun establishing some positive momentum with a stirring comeback win Wednesday afternoon that was almost 24 hours in the making.
Mother Nature, at least for the moment, had other plans.
The Mets will look to earn a series win at the least Thursday afternoon, when they are scheduled to host the Washington Nationals in a doubleheader that will complete an oft-interrupted three-game set.
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday, when Brandon Drury’s pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning capped a second three-run comeback and catapulted them to an 8-7 win in the completion of a game suspended by rain Tuesday night.
The regularly scheduled game, which was slated to go seven innings, was postponed by rain. The postponement was the 14th of the season for the Mets and the eighth for the Nationals.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-11, 2.83 ERA), who was scheduled to start Wednesday night, will start the opener for the Mets Thursday. He’s expected to be followed by fellow righty Trevor Williams (4-2, 5.06 ERA with the Chicago Cubs), who will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to make his New York debut. Williams was acquired, along with Javier Baez, from the Cubs on July 30.
Right-hander Erick Fedde (4-8, 5.15 ERA) will start one of the games for the Nationals, who weren’t sure late Wednesday regarding their second starter nor the order in which the hurlers would appear.
Even with the nightcap being rained out, Wednesday was still a much-needed good day for the Mets, who didn’t hold a single lead during their losing streak, a span in which they fell from first place in the National League East into third.
But the victory Wednesday moved the Mets within a game of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, the latter of whom created a tie atop the division by virtue of their 8-6, 11-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds and the Phillies’ 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We continued to keep fighting, we didn’t give up, we came through with a huge win,” said Rich Hill, who relieved Carlos Carrasco upon the resumption of the game and allowed three runs in three innings. “(It’s) going to be like this for the next month and a half. (They’re) going to be very intense games.”
The rebuilding Nationals were encouraged by the rapid return to form for new franchise cornerstone Juan Soto, who hit an opposite field three-run homer in the first inning before the rains arrived Tuesday and finished 3-for-4 in his first start since he suffered a right knee injury Aug. 5.
“He stayed through the ball, once again, to hit a line drive out to left-center field, which is great,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I really like his at-bats when he’s doing that.”
Stroman took the loss last Friday, when he gave up two runs over five innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 4-2. Williams last pitched in the majors July 25, when he earned the win for the Cubs after tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fedde dropped his fourth straight decision last Friday after surrendering five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings as the Nationals lost to the Braves, 8-4. Fedde is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 career games, five starts, against the Mets, including 0-1 in two starts (2.25 ERA) this season.
Stroman is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals, while Williams is 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA in six career meetings, five starts, against Washington.
–Field Level Media