Final Recap: Giants 3 – Mets 0

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The San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets in the NL Wild Card game by the final score of 3-0 to advance to the NLDS. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Jeurys Familia gave up a go-ahead homer in the top of the 9th inning with a 3-run shot off the bat of third baseman Conor Gillaspie.
  • Noah Syndergaard was absolutely dominant tonight going 7 scoreless innings, while only allowing 2 hits, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts.
  • The Mets were only able to muster 4 hits off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner who went the distance tonight.
  • The Mets were 0-4 with runners in scoring position tonight.

Well for the second straight season the Mets are watching another team celebrate a postseason clinching victory on their own home field. It doesn’t get much more heartbreaking than putting the saves leader in Major League Baseball on the mound in the top of the ninth of a scoreless game, to only get taken deep by an unheralded player who has never hit more than seven home runs in his career more than once. As a Mets fan as I saw Gillaspie round the bases, I could only go back to 2006 when Yadier Molina went deep and left me with my jaw on the floor. It is a truly disappointing ending to what was a truly remarkable season for a team that battled tooth and nail to get where they were tonight. It will definitely take me some time to get over tonight’s loss, but at the end of the day this team’s resiliency will not go unnoticed by fans everywhere after tonight’s wounds heal. 

Speaking of going unnoticed, Noah Syndergaard’s performance tonight should not go unnoticed despite tonight’s loss. Thor mowed through the Giants lineup with ease by pumping his upper 90’s fastball and mid 90’s slider to hitters, keeping them off balance for seven innings. The only wish  you could have, is you wish he could’ve lasted longer than seven tonight with how dominant he was. Syndgergaard has taken a huge step forward this season, as he has entrenched himself as the Mets top starter, and as long as he stays healthy he will be one of the best pitchers in baseball for a long long time. It’s unfortunate we were unable to give him the run support he deserved as he put on a hell of a show, but when you are opposing the best postseason pitcher of our era it certainly can become an understandably tall mountain to climb. 

I eventually will have a recap of the Mets season, as I among many Mets fans will reflect heavily over the coming days on tonight’s loss. During that time I am also going to reflect on the successful season the Mets have had despite all the adversity they faced. Tonight hurts. There is no other way to say it. However I hope the Mets are able to carry the past two heartbreaking postseasons into next season as a prime source of motivation. They should also take into next season the fact that they played as a team when it mattered most. Curtis Granderson’s crashing catch at the wall in the sixth inning that stranded Denard Span at second base is a perfect example of that. Granderson has been playing center field for the Mets out of need since the beginning of August and has done as good of a job as anybody could’ve asked. 

There are plenty of offseason questions that will surround this team, including the multi-million dollar Yoenis Cespedes question. But those questions can wait, at least for now.

Lineups: San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets 8:09 pm et.

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2016 National League Wild Card Game:

San Francisco Giants (87-75):

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Angel Pagan (S) LF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

SP: Madison Bumgarner LHP (15-9, 2.74 ERA)

New York Mets (87-75):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. Rene Rivera (R) C
8. James Loney (L) 1B
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (14-9, 2.60 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN.

Mets Wild Card Postseason Roster

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The Mets released their Wild Card Postseason Roster for tonight’s game. The roster can be seen below. A couple of notable names left off the roster include first baseman Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Seth Lugo.

Pitchers (9)
Jerry Blevins
Bartolo Colon
Josh Edgin
Jeurys Familia
Robert Gsellman
Addison Reed
Hansel Robles
Fernando Salas
Noah Syndergaard (Starting Pitcher)

Catchers (3)
Travis d’Arnaud
Kevin Plawecki
Rene Rivera

Infielders (7)
Asdrubal Cabrera
Eric Campbell
Kelly Johnson
Ty Kelly
James Loney
Jose Reyes
T.J. Rivera

Outfielders (6)
Jay Bruce
Yoenis Cespedes
Michael Conforto
Alejandro De Aza
Curtis Granderson
Juan Lagares

Lineups: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies 3:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (87-74):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Gabriel Ynoa (R) P

SP: Gabriel Ynoa RHP (1-0, 7.90 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-91):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Andres Blanco (S) SS
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

SP: Jerad Eickhoff RHP (11-14, 3.72 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Resiliency Is Why The Mets Are Postseason Bound

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What an incredible run it has been the past two seasons for the New York Mets. Last season this team behind strong starting pitching went on to shock the world and make it all the way to the World Series. This season the Mets had an even more remarkable run to October, as they fought their way through every possible injury imaginable to have a seat at the table to defend their National League crown. I have never seen a team in all of my years watching the Mets as resilient as this season’s team. Names such as Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, James Loney, T.J. Rivera, among others have replicated the production of who they were replacing in the starting lineup or starting rotation this season. This is only the second time in franchise history they have made the playoffs in back to back seasons, and Manager Terry Collins should be commended for the job he has done in keeping this team together through all the adversity they faced this season.

You can’t help but also be happy for our very own homegrown third baseman Jose Reyes, who is getting another shot at the postseason for the first time since 2006. Since the Mets acquired Reyes, he has changed the dynamic of this team  with his presence at the top of the lineup, as well with the leadership and energy he has brought along with him. Many people left Reyes out to dry including his former team the Colorado Rockies after his off the field incident, but I have never seen an athlete in that unimaginable position handle his situation with such class. His acquisition has been one of the reasons the Mets will be playing Wednesday night.

Jay Bruce has also gotten red-hot at the right time for the Mets. We have seen him carry the Cincinnati Reds before, and his recent revival will be huge if the Mets want to make a deep run. Bruce has homered four times in his last seven games while driving in eight, and  hitting .478 during that stretch. This is the Jay Bruce we all thought we were getting when we acquired him at the Trade Deadline, and there is no underestimating the impact he can provide with Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of the lineup.

The Mets will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound Wednesday night at Citi Field to face either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets will certainly be scoreboard watching this afternoon to determine if they will be facing Madison Bumgarner or Carlos Martinez on the mound. Regardless of who they face, you always want to be playing your best baseball at the end of the season and the Mets are certainly doing that. Since August 20 the Mets have the best winning percentage (.692) in baseball while posting a 27-12 record. The Mets 43 road victories this season are also the most since 2011, which proves this team can go on the road and win if they need to. The Mets have also won at least one postseason series in each of the last four years they have qualified for the playoffs (2015, 2006, 2000 and 1999), which bodes well for their postseason history.

We can no longer look the other way at this team’s will to win. The Mets will have plenty of postseason experience behind them after last season’s run, and they believe they have unfinished business to take care of. It’s been an us against the world mentality all season since Opening Night in Kansas City and the Mets will have another chance on the big stage to get the job done. Our journey begins Wednesday night and we know this season’s theme has been all 25 men hands on deck. This team has won collectively as a team in the regular season utilizing every player on the roster, and that theme will look to continue Wednesday night. Let’s go Mets and lets go out there and shock the world!

Mets Can Clinch Today!

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With last night’s 5-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets have put themselves in prime position to clinch a Wild Card birth with a victory this afternoon. That is something we couldn’t imagine thinking about back in August when we were in a complete tailspin. It’s amazing what a complete reversal this team has made with contributions from their regulars and some unlikely players such as Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, and T.J. Rivera.

The Mets current magic number to clinch is one, however the Mets can also clinch a Wild Card birth with a St. Louis Cardinals loss this afternoon as well. The Mets are guaranteed at least a tiebreaker play-in game no matter what happens the next two days, with last night’s victory. Which basically means we are guaranteed game number 163.

Let’s hope the Mets handle their own business this afternoon and seal this thing so we can pop champagne this afternoon! Let’s Go Mets!!

Lineups: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 1:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (86-74):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (14-8, 3.42 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-90):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Andres Blanco (S) SS
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Phil Klein (R) P

SP: Phil Klein RHP (0-1, 8.22 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on FOX.

The Finish Line Is In Sight

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Here we go Mets fans! The Mets will know by the end of this final weekend of the baseball season if they have clinched a Wild Card birth, and if they will be playing that Wild Card game at home. What is still unknown is how the Mets pitching staff will shape up for Sunday and beyond, and whether or not the Mets actually clinch a postseason birth as there is still plenty of baseball left to be played.

Back on August 19 the Mets were 5.5 games behind four teams in the Wild Card race and were a disappointing 60-62. But if I would’ve told Terry Collins that day that he would lose both Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz down the stretch, as well as sign Tim Tebow to a baseball contract, but he still controls his own postseason destiny the last week of the season, he would take it. The Mets were also given a boost to their lineup with the return of both Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera and they took absolutely took off as they have gone 25-12 since that day. Their .676 winning percentage is best in the Majors since August 19th.  They now hold the top Wild Card seed and will control their own destiny this weekend as they battle the Phillies.

The Mets are eleven games over .500 and it is tied for their best mark of the season, as they have not been twelve games over since the last game of last season when they finished 90-72. There is no better opponent however for the Mets to be playing to put themselves in the postseason, and match last season’s twelve games over .500 mark. The Mets have taken 13 of their past 15 series against the Phillies and hold a dominant 24-11 record since the beginning of last season against their division rival.

The Mets have already also set the franchise record for home runs in a season with 216 and there is still three games to go against a team they love hitting them against. The Mets have hit 35 home runs in their last 16 games in Philadelphia. One of the biggest contributors has been Yoenis Cespedes, as he has slugged five of them in his ten career games at Citizens Bank Ballpark. The Mets also hold a 14-2 record after an off-day this season, which is another number trending in their favor heading into this series.

But once again there is still the game to be played in between the lines and anything can happen at any given moment. We’ve learned not to take anything for granted as fans of the Mets, but I can assure you this isn’t the same ol’ Mets we have been accustomed to. This is one of the most resilient teams I have ever watched, and they have all the momentum in the world to make a legitimate run at the postseason. I will be rooting hard all weekend for our club to have the opportunity to play Wednesday night for a spot in the NLDS. After the season long marathon we can all finally see the finish line, but let’s keep our pace up to see how much farther past the finish line it can take us.

Lineups: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (85-74):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (3-2, 2.56 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-89):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Alec Asher (R) P

SP: Alec Asher RHP (2-0, 1.66 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins 7:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (83-74):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (13-9, 2.63 ERA)

Miami Marlins (78-78):

1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
3. Martin Prado (R) 3B
4. Christian Yelich (L) CF
5. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Tom Koehler (R) P

SP: Tom Koehler RHP (9-12, 4.02 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.