NEW YORK — Entering Thursday’s series opener, the Mets’ roster sheet contained 13 active position players, ranging from red-hot to ice-cold and everything in between. If one were to rank those 13 based upon how badly they needed a breakout game, the list would have begun with James McCann and J.D. Davis, then proceeded to rank everybody else.
So it was nothing short of cathartic for those two to go a combined 4-for-8 with two home runs and eight RBIs in the team’s 10-0 drubbing of the Marlins at Citi Field, carrying forward some offensive momentum from the Mets’ road trip while quieting — at least for a night — whispers about their roles on the team.
McCann, who had contributed a key RBI single to New York’s 10th-inning rally Wednesday in Cincinnati, hit a three-run homer out of the nine hole to break the game open in the fourth. Davis, who cracked the starting lineup due to the presence of Marlins lefty Daniel Castano, hit a grand slam off reliever Jimmy Yacabonis in the fifth and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
It was more than enough offensive backing for Mets starter Trevor Williams, who delivered his longest, best and most efficient start of the season, holding the Marlins to two hits in seven innings.