Mets get to exhale for a change

June, 5, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- For a change, the Mets could exhale Wednesday night. Every starter had a hit and the Mets got three RBIs apiece from Marlon Byrd and Anthony Recker in a 10-1 rout of the Washington Nationals.

“Well, we needed one bad,” Terry Collins said about a lopsided game. “We needed one very bad. We have certainly been in our share of close games all year -- being on both ends of it. To have a game where we can just take a deep breath and relax a little bit was certainly welcomed and needed right now.”

Said David Wright, who had a two-run homer: “It was nice to be able to take a deep breath, and especially down the stretch be able to exhale a little bit and just kind of set it on cruise control a little bit.”

Asked what it meant for all of his starters to get a hit, Collins deadpanned: “It was great, especially when we haven’t been getting any hits.”

Byrd, who had two homers against Nats starter Dan Haren, had lightheartedly predicted to Recker during batting practice that he would hit a pair of long balls.

“I was joking around with him,” Byrd said. “I said, 'Hey, if I get some pitches tonight, I’m going to hit two home runs tonight.' I didn’t think it was going to happen. … I get in trouble when I swing at balls, and tonight I swung at strikes and I had a good night.”

Meanwhile, whether it’s the competition with Jeremy Hefner with Zack Wheeler’s nearing arrival or otherwise, Dillon Gee seems to have turned a corner. Although he allowed nine hits and a walk, Gee nonetheless limited Washington to one run in seven innings.

“That’s exactly what this league should be about,” Collins said about competition for starting spots. “It’s one thing to get here. It’s another thing to stay here. Everybody thinks once they get here they’re never going back. That’s not true. It takes work. It takes effort. You’ve got to be accountable and you’ve got to put up some qualifying numbers to stay in this league. Those guys have stepped up and pitched very well lately.”

Said Gee: “It wasn’t as easy as it was last game. I had to battle a little bit more today, and gave up a lot of hits. I kind of felt like I was in the stretch the entire game. Luckily I was able to make the pitches when it really counted. That’s something again that I hadn’t done early in the season, and am trying to really do now.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187