Astros interim manager and native New Yorker Tony DeFrancesco got his first win at the helm Friday in front of tons of friends and family. His parents were there Friday, some college roommates were there Saturday and DeFrancesco got to enjoy a win he hopes is a step in a positive direction for the franchise. "I can't say enough about what's going to happen around here," DeFrancesco said. "We're going to change the attitude, we're going to change momentum. I know it's only one win, but the guys are at a good place. After the game, they got me with some champagne, and that means we're together. Even though it's been a long season, we've got a long way to go here, and hopefully we can turn this thing around for a little bit." Mets: Collins believes in bats
Opposing pitchers haven't had to use a lot of pitches against the Mets lately, and there's likely little coincidence that they also went through one of their deepest offensive ruts in years. After seeing just 114 pitches in their loss Friday night, Collins just wanted to see some good at-bats out of his hitters, and he believes the personnel is there to do it. By getting three runs Saturday, the Mets snapped a streak of seven straight games in which they'd scored two or fewer runs. That was the longest such streak in 30 years. "We've still got the guys in the lineup to do it," Collins said. "We've just got to -- when we get a ball to hit, we've got to put a swing on it and put it on the barrel and hit it where nobody's standing, and that's what we're not doing." The Mets will be especially keen on trying to clinch a series victory Sunday. They last won a series at home from July 3-5, when they took two of three from the Phillies. Worth noting
With one more game remaining in the all-time NL series between the two clubs, the Astros lead 308-257, and own a 4-1 mark this year. Both teams will have Monday off, with the Mets taking the short ride to Philadelphia for a three-game series and the Astros returning home to host the NL West-leading Giants.