NEW YORK — These days there’s a lot of thumping, clapping and cheering to go around Citi Field.

Mets offense clicks historic clip.

On Tuesday night, the nine-member Mets roster collected a hit as they dumped 17 hits to demolish the Nationals, 10-0, Tuesday night at Citi Field. The assault came one night after the Mets scored 13 runs on 16 hits.

“We are deep and we trust each other,” said Mark Canha. “There’s a lot of vibe. We understand who we are and what makes us great and we stay true to that and stick to it and we’re not trying to be anything or anything else.”

Early in the season, the Mets showed they didn’t need to rely on the long ball. It’s not about launch angle, it’s about hitting the ball hard.

They’re tied for 17th in the league in home runs with 47, but lead the league in hits (465) and on-base percentage (.339). This was the recipe for success.

The Mets fought their way through late May. They’ve scored eight or more points in six of their last eight games. The Mets’ 168 runs in May were tied for second most in franchise history behind the 1990 team which scored 172 in June.

Tuesday’s victory helped the Mets (34-17) extend their winning streak to five games, a season high.

“They’re confident in their approach and what’s going on,” Buck Showalter said. “I think our guys have a real respect for the daily routine. You’re only as good as your last at bat and your last game and respect for the quality of players at this level and how quickly you can go from penthouse in the outbuilding.”

New York Mets' Eduardo Escobar (10) celebrates with Francisco Lindor (12) after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, At New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Canha, Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor, Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme all had two-run hits; Marte and Escobar each completed two homers.

Hits not homers

Canha, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs from first placehelped open the game as part of a four-run fifth inning, wrapping up a two-run opposite-field double in the right-field corner.

These are the types of hits that have become routine for the Mets this season.

“I think using the midfield generally for the long haul is a good attacking plan,” Canha said. “That’s what I try to do. When shots start going in the right field, that’s usually a good sign for me too. I think you have to be able to do a bit of everything. is a good by-product that you’re in a good place when the ball goes into certain parts of the pitch.”

Mark Canha (19) of the New York Mets celebrates with Pete Alonso (20) after scoring an RBI single from Francisco Lindor in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at New York.

Jeff McNeil returned to left field after a day off with wear and tear on his legs, but he continued to make an impact at home plate. His three hits, which came off Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, were in the opposite field. He also scored twice.

Lindor recorded an RBI for his ninth straight game with a two-run single in the fifth inning. He is now tied with Bobby Bonilla (1994) and Edgardo Alfonso (2002) for the third-longest streak in franchise history. He has 19 RBIs in those games.

“He really played shortstop as well as you want to see him,” Showalter said. “He’s really settled in there – now that I’ve thrown him. He plays both sides of the ball, directs the bases and the effort is always there with Francisco. He’s been such a consistent force in the way he approaches the competition every day.”

Know your role

After extra innings on Sunday and a short start from David Peterson on Monday, Showalter was concerned about the potential impact on the pitching staff.

This was one of the concerns that made it easier to send Dominic Smith to Class AAA Syracuse to raise Adonis Medina.

New York Mets starting pitcher Trevor Williams delivers against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in New York City.

But Trevor Williams, who has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation this season, has helped ease some of those concerns with his longest outing of the season.

Williams went five scoreless innings on 80 pitches — both season highs — while allowing just three hits and two walks.

“It’s Buck who puts me in places where I’m going to be successful,” Williams said. “He gives me every chance to succeed. It’s never a surprise when I go there. He’s going to put me in good positions, and I’m just grateful that he trusts me.”

Showalter gave him a final batter in the fifth before Juan Soto was expected and Williams was able to fly Keibert Ruiz right to help Williams earn his first victory as a Mets member.

With injuries to Tylor Megill, Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, Williams etched his name as an important contributor to the starting rotation going forward.

“He’s just, ‘What do you need me to do?'” Showalter said. “He emptied the tank there. He knew he was towards the end, but that bodes well for the future. That’s how you get more chances and the ball gets kicked in regularly. as he did.”

test it

Two nights after dislocating his little finger on his throwing hand, Drew Smith looked none the worse for the wear.

Smith showed no signs of discomfort in his first appearance since the injury, throwing 29 pitches in 1⅓ innings. He took the ball in the sixth inning and gave up a one-out single to Juan Soto, but then knocked out Yadiel Hernandez and Maikel Franco on sliders.

In the next inning, Smith worked around a first single to Dee Strange-Gordon, freezing Victor Robles and Lane Thomas on third strikes called to finish with four strikeouts.

“We had the opportunity, in a low-stress situation, to get a feel for Drew’s finger,” Showalter said. “It looked good, so that was encouraging.”

Showalter also called on Brandon Nimmo, who missed three games with a sprained wrist, in the ninth inning to “get his blood flowing.”

Canha, who is the de facto backup first baseman with Dominic Smith sent on Tuesday, played first base in the final inning.

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and download our app.

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