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Mets Clinch NL East; Make Post-Season for First Time Since ’06

Here is what I wrote about the New York Mets at the beginning of the 2015 season:

The Mets will shock the world and capture an NL Wild Card berth. 

The New York Mets did one better. Today, they clinched the NL East with a win a 10-2 victory over the hapless Cincinnati Reds today. The much maligned Matt Harvey threw 6 1/3 innings with Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson and David Wright each hitting home runs. It marks the first time the Mets have made the post-season since 2006.

The Mets got off to a strong start with a 15-8 mark in April which included an 11-game winning streak. But the Washington Nationals would rebound in May and take over the division on May 20th. The Mets would rebound in June and regain first place on June 11th. But less than two weeks later, they would drop seven in a row and fall under .500. During that losing streak, they only scored more than two runs once. The impeccable pitching of Harvey, Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard and the ageless Bartolo Colon plus Jeurys Familia wasn’t enough. 

In late July, the Mets began to address their offensive woes by acquiring Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves. It appeared that they had acquired Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers. This would drive Wilmer Flores to tears before the deal fell through. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make. Gomez ended up going to the Houston Astros and now can’t crack the starting lineup. Instead of acquiring Gomez, they settled for Yoenis Cespedes.

No sooner than these trades had been made, the Mets would sweep the Washington Nationals (who were universally expected not only to win the NL East but to have the best record in MLB). They took over first place for good on August 3rd.  Since the beginning of August, the Mets are 35-17 and have won the division by 8 1/2 games over the Nats. The Mets are going to play baseball in October while the Nats might very well be searching for a new manager. 

The Mets will most likely face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Dodgers could clinch the NL West as early as tomorrow. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will be tough. But even if Harvey’s innings are limited, the Mets have to be pretty comfortable with de Grom, Colon, Syndergaard and young Steven Matz. And the Dodgers don’t have an impact player like Cespedes. I am inclined to favor the Mets in this matchup. 

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