Davey Martinez heard the relatively large and loud contingent of New York Mets fans who traveled to Washington, D.C. for the series opener in Nationals Park on Monday. Nationals fans didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about, with Joe Ross struggling early and putting the home team in a 6-0 hole, while Noah Syndergaard was dominant with something to prove after struggling last time out in Wrigley Field, throwing seven scoreless in what ended up being a 7-3 win for the visiting team.
“We hear them and we notice,” Martinez said of the Mets fans in the nation’s capital, “... but we’ve still got to play, and the way I see it and the boys see it, regardless of who’s here, this is our stadium, so we’re going to go out there and play.”
“You know what I liked about today,” he asked rhetorically, “... is that as we saw, even though we’re down 7-0, we come back and score again in the ninth inning.
“I told the boys, ‘Don’t give up,’ they don’t give up, they come back, and that means a lot going into the next day.”
Asdrúbal Cabrera hit a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to get the Nationals on the board, but it was just one of five hits for the home team overall.
The Mets and their fans got to enjoy a day in D.C., but as Martinez mentioned previously, Nationals fans have also traveled well this season (and in previous seasons too).
“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again,” Martinez told reporters, “we were in Chicago and we had a bunch of our fans there, and they were right behind the dugout, and the boys could hear them and it pumped them up for three days, I know that for sure, and they were very grateful, so the fans do play — I always say, they’re the 26th man, and they do play a part, and the boys love it and they feed off it.”
Will a louder crowd presence for the home team help the Nationals against Jacob deGrom, who’s (1-0) with a 0.53 ERA, five walks, 25 Ks, and a .177/.250/.242 line against in three starts and 17 IP against Washington heading into his fourth outing of 2019 against NY’s divisional rivals.