'Sense of urgency' prevalent as offense racks up 19 hits in win
By Chris Bumbaca
NEW YORK -- If Friday night served as any indication of how the remainder of the Mets' homestand will play out, perhaps Sandy Alderson has some rethinking to do.
Just hours after the Mets' general manager claimed his team would have to play "exceedingly well" over the next seven to 10 days if the Mets were to assume a different position at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, his team did just that in a 14-2 win over the Rockies Friday at Citi Field.
Although it's unknown whether Mets' coaches and players heard what Alderson said, their actions on the field implied a response: Message received.
"There's a sense of urgency," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "We got to pick the game up, rise up and put some things together. And tonight was one of those occasions."
The Mets entered the night in fourth place in the National League East, and they still trail the Rockies by 9 1/2 games for the second Wild Card spot. Their work is cut out for them if they want to leap back into contention, but Friday night was the right foot to begin on. It all started with Jacob deGrom, who won his sixth consecutive start after pitching eight innings of two-run ball and retiring 14 in a row at one point. The offense, which has produced for a majority of the season, showed no rust after the All-Star break.
deGrom says the Mets will have to shut down the will-they-or-won't-they chatter surrounding potential moves at the Trade Deadline.
"I think it's just going out there and playing baseball," deGrom said. "All that other stuff is out of our control. It's just going out there and competing and trying to win baseball games.
"We got a job to do here, and that's just how we look at it."
For now, the Mets will focus on winning. The Mets did plenty of that in the second halves of the previous two seasons, when they made successful pushes to a pennant and a Wild Card berth. There's no reason they can't harness the late success from years past to help them make a push in 2017, at least in the mind of Michael Conforto.
"I definitely think we're feeling that we need to play well," Conforto said. "I think we feel that we can play better than how we played up to this point. I don't know if it's a sense of urgency or just a thought that we need to play up to our potential."
Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.