After a season filled with injuries and early inconsistencies, the New York Mets are going back to the playoffs following a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon. For just the second time in their history, the Mets have made the playoffs in consecutive years, and by clinching the top National League wild card spot, they will host either the Giants or Cardinals on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Furthermore, the Mets were 60-62 on August 19 and have piled up the best record in the league since, going 27-12 and making their wild card berth even more remarkable. As for the aforementioned injuries, David Wright went down early in the season as did Lucas Duda, although he recently returned. Neil Walker's season ended early last month and Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes have also missed significant time – but it doesn't end there.
Perhaps the most important injuries have occurred to the young starting rotation. Matt Harvey's shoulder ended his season in early July while Jacob deGrom's arm injury and Steven Matz' shoulder problems have closed out their seasons just a few weeks ago. Noah Syndergaard has missed a few starts this season too, but throughout all those injuries, the one constant has been the elder statesman of the team – and the winning pitcher and most dependable one at that – Bartolo Colon . The durable 43 year-old Colon has done a terrific job for the Mets this season, leading the staff in wins, games started and innings pitched – a feat no one would have predicted before the season. It is easy to overlook his importance to the team when time after time a new hero has emerged to help the team win, but without Colon, the Mets would not be where they are. Although he won't be starting the wild card game, Colon will need to continue to come up big for the Mets if they have hopes of repeating as National League champions and beyond. Only time will tell but for now, the Mets can celebrate all they have accomplished this season despite the many obstacles they have had to overcome