The Mets (90-72) defeated the Washington Nationals (83-79) by a score of 1-0. Mets pitchers had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 IP, but Clint Robinson lined a ball up the middle that caromed off of Ruben Tejada‘s knee, giving the Nationals their first hit of the afternoon. Mets pitchers combined for a 2-hit shutout, with contributions from starter Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. Familia garnered his 43rd save of the season, tying Armando Benitez‘s single season record.
Once again, the Mets bats were quiet against Nationals pitching. Starter Tanner Roark allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk in 6 shutout innings while striking out 6. Sammy Solis added a scoreless inning before Curtis Granderson homered to center with 1 out in the 8th inning off of Blake Treinen.
It was the Mets pitching that was on display today though. Jacob deGrom took 72 pitches to pitch through 4 innings, allowing only 2 walks and striking out 7 with no hits. Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett each tacked on a hitless inning, and Jon Niese got two outs in the 7th inning before Clint Robinson lined a single up the middle, under Niese, that caromed off of Ruben Tejada’s knee for a base hit. Addison Reed got the 3rd out, Tyler Clippard pitched a clean 8th, and Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th and worked around a 2-out double by Bryce Harper.
The Mets finish the season with a 90-72 record, their best since 2006 when they finished 97-65. It marks the first time since 2000 that the Mets will enter the postseason with a better record than the Yankees, who finished their season at 87-75.
With all the playoff spots wrapping up today (Houston got the 2nd AL Wild Card spot, Texas got the AL West title), there will be no tiebreaker games tomorrow. Baseball resumes at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, with Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros taking on Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Jake Arrieta and the Cubs take on Gerrit Cole and the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and the ALDS starts Thursday with the NLDS starting Friday.
POSITIVES: Curtis Granderson provided all the offense the Mets needed today with his 26th home run of the season, wrapping up a great comeback season. He was 3/4 on the afternoon. DeGrom, Colon, Verrett, Niese, Reed, Clippard, and Familia were all solid in their pitching work today.
NEGATIVES: The offense in general, once again. It’s certainly concerning that the offense has mustered so little over the last 5 games of the season, but things can certainly change very quickly.
- Bullpen (.433, including .136 by Famliia, .092 by Clippard, .067 by Verrett, and .060 by Colon)
- Curtis Granderson (.376)
- Jacob deGrom (.193 pitching, -.016 batting, .177 total)
WPA Negatives: None under -.100, but plenty in the negatives
- Curtis Granderson homers, Mets up 1-0, 8th inning (.325)
- Jayson Werth flied out off of Jeurys Familia, 1-0, 9th inning, 3 outs (.102)
Worst Plays: None under -.100