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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.

Last Night Was Bigger Than Baseball

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I’ll forgive you if you don’t remember the score of last night’s game, as despite the Mets being in the middle of a postseason race, last night was much bigger than the game of baseball. I’ll admit I did not pay much attention to the score after Dee Gordon’s lead-off home run. It was almost the first time as a Mets fan in my life that I did not mind if they won or lost because there was a bigger picture in play. You could not help but get emotional watching the pregame ceremony tribute to the late Jose Fernandez, or shed a tear watching Gordon’s lead-off home run. Even the Mets were choked up by last night’s events as catcher Travis d’Arnaud admitted to shedding a tear during Gordon’s inspiring home run.

The Mets were in one of the toughest situations any opposing team could be in and they handled it with as much class as possible. Dee Gordon even praised the Mets after the game as a “first class organization” for the way they handled last night’s game. Our team is currently in the thick of a Wild Card race with their own agenda, but humanity took over last night and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen on a baseball field.

Jose Fernandez tragic death has resonated with everyone associated with the game of baseball as he was one of the biggest star’s on and off the field in the world of sports. It’s going to be a tough final week for the Marlins and an even tougher offseason for the organization in trying to pick up the pieces of what occurred. However last night, I was proud to be a Mets fan win or lose because of the humanity, emotion, and class they displayed in one of the most, if not the most tragic event in baseball history.

The Mets and Marlins have two games remaining in this series and it certainly will still be tough on everyone involved to play. But Jose Fernandez played the game the right way with intensity and would expect nothing less from both teams. The Mets were fortunate to have the Cardinals get pummeled last night, and hopefully our team can get back on track as a Wild Card birth hangs in the balance. It still will not be any easier, but hopefully last night both teams found some sort of peace with being on the field and playing the game they love. With five games remaining the Mets will somehow have to put their foot on the gas beginning tonight if they want to return to October.

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

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New York Mets (83-73):

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. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (14-7, 3.12 ERA)

Miami Marlins (77-78):

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. Adam Conley (L) P

SP: Adam Conley LHP (8-6, 3.94 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Mets Eye Return To Citi Field On Final Road Trip Of The Season.

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The New York Mets absolutely clobbered the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday afternoon by seventeen runs, in the biggest shutout in franchise history. It was more than a fitting end to the regular season finale at Citi Field and a strong statement by the team after the three previous games were filled with many peaks and valleys. The Mets finished their final ten-game homestand with a 6-4 record, and now hit the road to play their final six games of the season. There are expectations of a return to Citi Field however for at least one more game next week if the Mets play their cards right.

Both the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants lost their respective games giving the Mets a full game lead over the Giants for the first NL Wild Card spot. The Cardinals trail the Mets by a 1.5 games heading into the final week of the season. The Mets will head into Miami for three games while sending their three best rotation options to the mound (Colon, Syndergaard, Lugo), with the opportunity to seal a Wild Card birth, as well as home field for the play-in game. The Mets current magic number to clinch is five.

There will be much uncertantity however with how the Miami Marlins will look on the field over the next three games with the recent tragic passing of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez was scheduled to face the Mets tonight which makes the situation even more somber. In a fitting move, the Mets plan to honor Fernandez this series and hang a Fernandez jersey in the visiting dugout similar to yesterday’s game.

The Mets will enter the final week of the season on a roll after taking three of four from the Phillies in impressive fashion. They now face an opponent going through something unimaginable, followed by a Phillies team who showed fight against the Mets the first three games over the weekend. The odds are in the Mets favor based on their opponents record, but as we’ve seen with the Braves we can take nothing for granted over these final six games. I have all the confidence in the world this team will bring us at least one more game to Citi Field. One game at a time boys. Let’s go Mets!

Rest In Peace Jose Fernandez

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The baseball world is mourning the loss of the Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez who tragically passed away in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach early this morning. The 24-year old Fernandez was regarded as one of the best pitchers in baseball and many of us Mets fans experienced that firsthand, as he had dominant numbers throughout his young career against the Mets. Fernandez was scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Mets.

Fernandez had announced recently that both he and his girlfriend were expecting their first child together. It’s a true testament as to how short life is and how precious every moment in life is as well. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Marlins organization through this incredibly difficult time. There was not a star bigger or nor a smile bigger in Miami currently than Jose’s, and the entire baseball community will proceed with heavy hearts through the rest of the season. Rest in peace Jose.

Lineups: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 1:10 pm et.

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Philadelphia Phillies (70-85):

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. Cody Asche (L) LF
7. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
8. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
9. Jake Thompson (R) P

SP: Jake Thompson RHP (3-5, 5.62 ERA)

New York Mets (82-73):

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. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (2-2, 3.13 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Philadelphia Phillies (69-84):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Roman Quinn (S) RF
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
8. Cody Asche (L) LF
9. Jeremy Hellickson (R) P

SP: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (12-9, 3.57 ERA)

New York Mets (81-72):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) RF
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Gabriel Ynoa (R) P

SP: Gabriel Ynoa RHP (1-0, 9.00 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

 

Asdrubal Cabrera Saves The Mets Season!

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It took the Mets eleven innings in a true test of resiliency to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, as they were down two runs twice in their final turn at-bat’s. Both in the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the eleventh innings, the Mets were staring down a fourth consecutive loss to a underwhelming opponent. The Phillies seemed to have an answer for everything the Mets brought tonight, but a Jose Reyes two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at six, and ultimately a three-run walk-off home run by Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the eleventh, would propel this team to their biggest win of the season.

The Mets received their first victory of the season tonight when trailing after nine innings, which astonishingly pushed their record to 1-63. In what truly could go down as the craziest and greatest game of the 2016 season, the Mets very well may have just saved their own season with tonight’s victory. The Mets were two outs away in the bottom of the eleventh from headlines in the morning reading of another possible late September collapse, had they lost in heartbreaking fashion for the second night in a row. But a hanging slider by Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos to Cabrera, which sent a no-doubter into right field to send Citi Field into a frenzy was the difference between those stories being written tonight. Instead the stories being written, will be about another obstacle this 2016 team has overcome when the odds have been stacked against them.

I’m truly speechless as to what I just witnessed, as I have been on an emotional roller coaster over the past four hours watching the game. Sure there is plenty to be said about other factors of tonight’s game, but I’m just going to leave you with the video of Cabrera’s heroics below because quite frankly that’s all that matters tonight.