There have been lots of signature moments for the Mets this season; Wilmer Flores crying, the Mets sweeping Washington to take first place, Steven Matz making his debut. There was another one Monday — the Mets coming back to beat the Nationals.
This had all the makings of a disaster. Up 3-0 and then in the blink of an eye, down 5-3. It looked like the Mets were going to lose the opener of the biggest series of the year, reducing their lead to a reachable three games in the process.
Except it did not happen.
The Mets tied the score and then David Wright with his biggest hit since coming back from injury singled home the tie-breaking and eventual winning run.
Less shocking than the offensive comeback (we’re already used to that), was the solid performance by the bullpen (rarer these days). After Jonathon Niese flopped out, five relievers came on to shut down the Nationals — 5.2 innings, no runs and just three hits.
If anything can undo this season, it is the bullpen.Well, it showed Monday it does not want to spoil the season. So now the Mets lead the Nationals by a much more comfortable five games. And we all have another fond memory of what is becoming a memorable season.