It has happened! The Mets won a game on a Saturday, defeating the Washington Nationals by the final score of 5-1. And why is this so significant? Because it had been a loooooooooong time since the Mets last emerged victorious on a Saturday.
After taking the season's first Saturday game, a 7-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 6, the Mets improved their Saturday record to 2-0 one week later. Matt Harvey added extra chill to the Twins' bats on that Saturday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning at a frigid Target Field in Minnesota. Before Harvey earned full membership in the No-Decision of the Week club, he was winning all of his starts. He did just that in the Twin Cities on April 13, defeating the Twins, 4-2.
And that's when Saturday became a black Sabbath for the Mets.
The Mets dropped nine consecutive Saturday games after Harvey's win on April 13. And that doesn't even include the conclusion of a suspended game between the Mets and the Braves that began on Friday, May 24 and ended with a loss the following night - a Saturday. Here is how the Mets have fared following their April victory on Saturday, the 13th:
- Saturday, April 20 - Mets lose to Nationals, 7-6.
- Saturday, April 27 - Mets lose to Phillies, 9-4.
- Saturday, May 4 - Mets don't lose! (They were rained out...)
- Saturday, May 11 - Mets lose to Pirates, 11-2.
- Saturday, May 18 - Mets lose to Cubs, 8-2.
- Saturday, May 25 - Mets lose to Braves, 6-0.
- Saturday, June 1 - Mets lose to Marlins, 8-1.
- Saturday, June 8 - Mets lose to Marlins, 2-1. (A 20-inning loss)
- Saturday, June 15 - Mets lose to Cubs, 5-2.
- Saturday, June 22 - Mets lose to Phillies, 8-7.
- Total - Zero wins, nine losses, one rainout. Mets are outscored, 64-25.
That brings us to today, June 29, the Saturday before the Fourth of July. Two and a half months after the Mets defeated the Twins on a winter-like day in Minnesota, they're finally off the Saturday schneid, defeating the Washington Nationals - the team that put them on their winless Saturday streak in the first place.
The Mets still lose too many games - today's win moves them back to 11 games under .500 - but at least they're no longer guaranteed to lose on one particular day of the week. Until today, it had been 11 weeks since the Mets last won on a Saturday. Now it's up to them to not begin a new streak once next weekend arrives. Today was a good day to be in the park on a Saturday.