Brandon Lyon has seen other teams crawl from the gutter. His first year in the Southwest, the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 111 games.

Three years later, he was pitching for that franchise in the National League Championship Series.

"We all got along really well," Lyon said before his Mets tied the Washington Nationals, 4-4, on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium. "We all had fun together. We had fun on the field and off the field. We all hung out. It wasn’t like you see everybody there and then you go your separate ways. Everyone is already invited wherever we go."

He sees something similar developing inside his new clubhouse, a blend of camaraderie and talent that he hopes will pull the plug on this string of four straight losing seasons in Queens.

"This is an unbelievable team," Lyon said. "You’ve got a lot of veteran guys here who know what they’re doing and have been through a lot of different situations. Especially some of these pitchers down here – relievers. And then you’ve got a great starting staff and a whole bunch of young guys who just didn’t get an invite just for an invite."

And then you’ve got Lyon, the most significant addition the Mets made to their bullpen this off-season. After going 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA for Toronto and Houston last season, Lyon signed a one-year deal with the Mets.

"He’s a strike-throwing guy, moves the ball around the zone," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "He’s one of those veteran guys that knows how to pitch, what it takes to get people out. When he locates, which he’s a master at, he gets outs."

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