The Mets finished off the regular season with a victory over the Nationals, their 90th win of the year. And for the first time in a long time, the last game of the regular season is not the last Mets game of the calendar year.
Jacob deGrom threw four hitless innings, and the Mets used relief pitchers for the rest of the game, including Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese. The group had a combined no-hitter going into the seventh inning, and although that was broken up while Niese was in the game, they did shut the Nationals out.
The Mets weren’t doing much with the bats, either, against Tanner Roark, but they finally scored a run when Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the eighth inning against Blake Treinen. Jeurys Familia made that 1-0 lead hold up with his 43rd save of the year, which tied a franchise record.
The playoffs begin on Friday for the Mets, as they’ll travel to Los Angeles for Games 1 and 2 of the series. Jacob deGrom gets the start in the first game, and Noah Syndergaard gets the start in the second before the series comes back to New York for Matt Harvey’s start in Game 3 a week from today.
After the game, Mets players took a lap around the field to applaud and tip their caps to the fans in the ballpark. When they finished, David Wright got on the mic, thanked everyone for their support, and said, "let's go beat L.A."
Sounds like a plan, captain.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Curtis Granderson, +37.6% WPA, Jacob deGrom, +19.3% WPA, Jeurys Familia, +13.6% WPA
Big losers: none
Teh aw3s0mest play: Granderson’s home run, +32.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Bryce Harper doubles in the ninth, -7.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +62.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -12.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Curtis Granderson