Going into game 131 of the season, the Mets were just 66-64, and were trying to keep their momentum going as they had won six of eight.
They were tied with the Marlins at 1-1 in the bottom of the tenth, when with two outs, Yoenis Cespedes stepped up.
The Mets were trying to stay alive in the Wild Card chase, and needed their best hitter to rise to the occasion. He did, and he kept the team on a roll; they would win eight of their next ten and vault right into the thick of the wildcard race. This home run was a classic “no doubter”.
The critical game had been a see-saw affair, with the Phillies taking a 6-4 lead in the eighth.
The Mets were down to their last two outs in the bottom of the ninth, after a hit by Nimmo and a Jay Bruce strikeout. Reyes, who had re-joined the Mets in July (and was received with mixed reviews after his domestic violence arrest), reminded Mets fans why he had been so popular during his first tenure with the team. He has a flare for the dramatic, and contagious enthusiasm that can ignite the fan base.
His home run tied the game in the ninth, and despite the Phillies’ uprising in the eleventh, gave us the feeling that Mets would find a way to win.