Jeurys Familia struck out Jay Bruce for the final out of the Mets’ 10-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday and clinched their first National League East title since 2006.
Wright hit a three-run homer in the ninth to cap the memorable win and complemented Lucas Duda’s grand slam in the first inning. Matt Harvey also impressed fans in the NL east-clinching win. He surpassed his soft innings limit by throwing 97 pitches over six and two third innings.
“This is the best day of my baseball career, by far,” Harvey said in the clubhouse. “We’re here to stay. We’re here to do this more often. It’s what we’re about.” The team then went on to celebrate in the clubhouse, as they well deserved. “We’ve been waiting a long time, haven’t we?” Manager Terry Collins said soaked with champagne.
General manager Sandy Alderson even joined in on the celebrations. Wright who missed a large portion of the season due to a back injury congratulated Alderson for the team’s division title, and the team he built. Cespedes Sprayed Alderson in the clubhouse while smoking celebratory cigars.
However now that The Mets have clinched the division they will look towards the playoffs and focus their energy on a postseason run. “This is Step 1,” Jeff Wilpon said. “So let’s keep it going.”
The Mets rested the majority of their starters today in their first game since clinching the division. Jacob deGrom bounced back strong after previously skipping a start. With most of the starters on the bench the team was still able to blow out the Reds 8-1. The team looks to be in great shape heading in to the last few games and the team will have a great opportunity to advance in the playoffs
The team has also decided to address who will be the team’s starters in the playoffs. Terry Collins confirmed Sunday that Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard will be the teams three starters in the Divisional series, while Matz or Colon could be a possible fourth.
"The only guy that I was going to make a determination on was Jon Niese, because he could help us out of the pen," the Mets manager said. "Bartolo and Matz, I haven't gone down that path yet. I know those other three are going to pitching." Although it is unofficial Matz will likely be named the fourth starter due to the fact that he is the only lefty starter other then Niese who will be in the bullpen.
The Mets have a few minor details to lock up but for right now the team looks to be in a great position for a deep playoff run.