Mickey Callaway turned to the oldest trick in the book Tuesday in search of a motivational boost.
With ace Jacob deGrom ready to take the mound, the Mets manager called a team meeting in the visitor’s clubhouse at SunTrust Park. And for a night the Mets’ flaws vanished, getting this beleaguered crew back to even on this important road trip.
DeGrom fired 8¹/₃ dominant innings and Pete Alonso carried the lineup in a 10-2 victory over the Braves that snapped the Mets’ two-game losing skid.
Afterward, players declined to elaborate on Callaway’s pregame message.
“It was just all honesty and we were just being honest with ourselves,” Alonso said after reaching base six times, going 4-for-4. “It was a good conversation and a good talk and I think it helped for sure.”
A night after a 12-3 loss to the Braves in which a bullpen implosion contributed to an all-around lackluster effort, the Mets (35-38) played a game that was among their most complete of the season.