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New York Mets clinch Wild Card berth!

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The New York Mets celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The New York Mets celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets are back in the playoffs!

For only the second time in the franchise’s history, the New York Mets are in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Metropolitans secured their 2016 Wild Card berth by capping off an impressive, unlikely run with a win over Philadelphia 5-3 on Saturday afternoon.

Our beloved Bartolo Colon made the start today, and kept the Mets in the game with five innings of two-run ball. Tolo earned his team-leading 15th win of the season.

The offense wasn’t as explosive as we’ve seen it the last couple of weeks, but a clutch two-run home run from James Loney in the top of the sixth inning put the Mets in front for good. The 8th and 9th inning combo of Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia put the finishing touches on the Amazin’s 87th win of the year.

While many may scoff at celebrating a Wild Card berth that could see you eliminated after one game, these Mets have a ton of reasons to be proud of what they just accomplished.

This team was hit with a huge number of injuries. Their Opening Day starting rotation lost 3/5 of its members at different intervals and young, unproven guys like Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo had to step up and fill in some big shoes. Mets’ captain David Wright missed most of the year. Lucas Duda was out for four months with a broken back. Neil Walker went down with a season-ending injury in the middle of this run. Add to that the fact that the catching position has been about as offensively-challenged as you can get, and yet, somehow, the Mets will be playing in the postseason this year.

It’s really incredible.

Syndergaard will start the Wild Card game

With Saturday’s win, the Mets not only secured a Wild Card berth but are also guaranteed to host said game regardless of who they are opponent ends up being or what happens in Sunday’s game. Thus, Sunday’s season finale will be a day of rest for most starters.

With Syndergaard scheduled to start Wednesday’s Wild Card game, it’s unclear whether Terry will have him throw an inning or two to stay sharp in the game, or will simply have him work on the side instead. It’s good for pitchers to have rest, but you don’t want them to get too much rest, and end up rusty when it matters the most.

Cardinals or Giants?

Speaking of Wednesday’s Wild Card game, the Mets will either face the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants in Queens. At the time of writing, the Cardinals are a half game back of the Giants for the second Wild Card after their win Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Should the Giants and Cardinals tie for the second Wild Card, the two will be forced to play a tiebreaker game on Monday. This is ultimately the best scenario for the Mets as it would force either St. Louis or San Francisco to use their best starters to simply get to Flushing.

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Mets fans, we can now sit back and enjoy the next couple of days hoping that chaos rains on the Cardinals’ and Giants’ season finales. This Mets team should be proud, and you should also be proud to root for such a resilient team. On to October, and Let’s Go Mets!

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