Over a month ago I wrote about the Mets breeding confidence with a big win. For all the talk of how the Mets haven’t been involved in any walk-off wins or losses this year, the only thing stopping that one was that they were on the road. After falling behind 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th, the Mets rallied for four runs to win 6-3. It was the game with the Hu sac-fly to tie it, perhaps the best moment of Hu’s Mets career. Yesterday suggested that the Mets may in fact believe in themselves.
They’d come off a very tough loss the night before with a lot of bad luck and bloops and they were getting some of that same bad luck early. Pelfrey struggled. Except for Justin Turner the night before the Mets hadn’t hit a home run since Mike Piazza retired and were barely scoring runs. All that didn’t stop Carlos Beltran from striding to the place and smashing a home run well over the left field fence to get the game to 7-3. From there the Mets did what they could, with a lot of help from the Pirates, to tie the game and eventually take the lead 9-7 and the 9-8 win.
The Mets believe they can win games. They believe they’re a talented team, injuries or not. Terry Collins believes it too; whether or not his tirade in the post-game conference the other day had any motivating benefits to it, it wasn’t fake.
Just believing in yourself is not enough to win baseball games, but doubting yourself or your team can lead to losses in games like yesterday. Opportunities for wins can come at the strangest times and places, but a team needs to be prepared to capitalize. This one come from behind win doesn’t forgive letting leads get away in the other games during this homestand by not making pitches or catches, but hopefully it helps the players believe that they CAN make those pitches and win baseball games.