Mets clinch the top NL wild card spot with a patchwork pitching staff with no Harvey, deGrom and Matz.
The 87-75 Mets managed to win the top NL wild card spot despite losing Harvey early on, then deGrom and promising pitcher Steven Matz who can't seem to stay on the field.
After the Mets 5-3 win over the Phillies in which 43-year-old Bartolo Colon got his 15th win and Familia his MLB best 51st save, the champagne flowed.
The Mets rotation with their ace Syndergaard and 43-year-old Colon who's pitched well (15-8, 3.43). Recent additions from their farm system Seth Lugo (5-2, 2.67) and Robert Gsellman (4-2, 2.42) who both have pitched much better than expected.
Tradeline acquisition Jay Bruce who had been a dreadful disappointment batting until recently. On Friday vs. the Phillies he hit a HR for a 3rd consecutive game. And in the Phillies game on Friday, he went 3 for 4 to finally get his NY batting average above the Mendoza line at .213.
It's been veterans Granderson, Cabrera and Reyes who have helped Cespedes (31 HRs 86 RBIs, .283) carry this team towards the postseason finish line. Cabrera has been clutch. Namely his extra inning 3-run HR against the Phillies to win it 9-8 in the 11th.
If the Mets make the playoffs without star starters Harvey, deGrom as well as Steven Matz credit must be given to Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson who's best moves were getting Cespedes to resign, re-signing Colon for 1-year and signing SS Cabrera to an affordable 2-year deal.
Cabrera 's rewarded the GM & the Mets with impressive play at SS and put up solid numbers; 23 HRs 61 RBIs while batting .283 while Colon at 43 has won an amazing 15 games.
Mets will play the Giants at Citi Field on Wednesday. New York will have their young ace Noah Syndergaard on the mound. He will oppose Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74).
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