Tonight's Mets game was incredible.
Background: The Nationals had closed to four games behind the Mets; the Mets lost the weekend series to the Marlins as the Nats beat up on the Braves.
On Monday, the Mets took the series opener against the Nationals 8-5. Big.
Tonight Matt Harvey started. I was feeling ambivalent about Harvey after the recent controversy about his innings limit. But I figured he could prevail.
Harvey didn't look very good: ultimately giving up seven runs in five-and-a-third innings.
At the top of the seventh inning, the Nats were up 7-1. But these Mets are never out of the game. They tied the game against three Nats relievers in the seventh. In the eighth, pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a home run against Nats closer Jonathan Papelbon. That was all closer Jeurys Familia needed to gain his 38th save.
I heard a Nats announcer last week claim that the Mets were scared of the Nats. I beg to differ. This game could be the nail in the Nats' coffin.