On Sunday, he went out and showed why that is the right decision. For the Mets, it’s the team’s first time in the playoffs since 2006.
Game 6 ended just as unpredictably, but this time not in New York’s favor.
Home-field advantage for the NLDS is still something they value, but the Mets also want to complete the 2015 regular season playing at a respectable level. They have dropped five of their last six games and have scratched across just two total runs in their last 43 innings.
More important, they will head to Los Angeles later this week for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers.
Based on how he pitched Sunday, deGrom appears up for the challenge. The Nationals (83-79) didn’t record their first hit until the seventh inning, when first baseman Clint Robinson drilled a single with two outs off Jon Niese that caromed off the leg of shortstop Ruben Tejada. The official scorer immediately ruled it a hit.
The save was the 43rd of the season for Familia, tying a team record set by right-hander Armando Benitez in 2001. Steven Matz (back) will get the ball in Game 4 as long as he’s healthy, otherwise the Mets will go with Bartolo Colon. But he will have to prove the tightness behind his right shoulder is completely gone and will not prevent him from pitching through the entire playoffs before the Mets will give him the nod.
“Ninety wins is a big step – a huge step – from where we’ve been”, Mets manager Terry Collins said. Syndergaard would be on full rest for a potential Game 5 at Dodger Stadium. You couldn’t do that with Matt.
Honorable Mention: If we’re going to talk about the 1999 postseason, it’s only fair that we bring up Pratt’s series clinching homer in the NLDS. “Where Matt fit Game 3 perfectly”.
“There isn’t any question in my mind that the Boys in Blue will best the Loveable Losers, and I can already taste the delicious New York bagels that will be flown in the day the Mets blow it”, Schiff responded.
While Syndergaard struggled away from Citi Field earlier this season, but he has clearly put those fears to rest of late.
“We plan on winning”, Collins said.
“I’m going to do the best I can”, Puig said through an interpreter.
Anyone who has taken the subway can assure that sweepings come few and far between – but there is this: The 7 line, which transports fans directly to Citi Field, was recently voted the city’s best subway line.