The feeling was palpable, a far cry from the dark cloud that has seemed to hang over Flushing for the past couple of years.
“They have to get used to this,” manager Terry Collins said after the game. “They cannot be intimidated by the numbers in the stands or by the expectations.”
Team captain David Wright noticed the difference as well, walking to the mound to calm down young closer Jeurys Familia as the Mets hung to a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning. The short pep talk worked, as Familia got the Phillies to hit into a 3-6-1 double play to end the game.
“We’ve been doing a lot of yapping about how good we’re going to be,” Collins said. “Our fan base said, ‘okay, we’re going to come and see it.’ So today, I think, was a big step forward for us.”
Starter Jacob DeGrom held the Phillies in check for 6 1/3 innings, allowing new closer Jeurys Familia, who was thrust into the role after Jenry Mejia was suspended 80 games for using a banned substance, to finish out the game.
The Mets got their first run of the game when Juan Lagares hit a slow roller that pitcher Aaron Harang could not handle cleanly, scoring Daniel Murphy from second on the infield hit. The score would stay 1-0 until the 8th inning, when Travis d’Arnaud plated Michael Cuddyer on a sacrifice fly.
The Mets have two more game with the Phillies before they welcome the Marlins to Citi Field for a four-game weekend series.