After downing a couple of bottles of wine and devouring way too many baguettes with my pals in Paris, I returned to my hotel to learn that Matt Harvey, and the rest of my beloved Mets bombarded the Reds10-2 to claim the NL East title.
It’s been nine long years of suffering since St Louis crushed NY in game seven, denying what appeared to be the team of destiny’s trip to the Fall Classic.
Now, after their starting pitching seemed suspect, the Mets stormed into Cincinnati, blowing past the Reds three straight, putting out a bulletin to all of baseball that they are back and better than ever.
The Dark Knight notched his 13th win with 6 2/3 of 2 run ball, surpassing his 180 innings quota, coming off the field to a standing ovation from the Mets size-able fan base who either reside in or made the trek to the great state of Ohio.
Lucas Duda’s first inning grand slam gave the Amazins all of the offense they needed, and Michael Cuddyer’s 2 run double and David Wright’s 3 run blast were the icing on the NL East clinching cake.
With one more game in Cincy, and their next two series against the last place Phillies and woebegone Washington Nationals, the Mets will fight for home field advantage in their first round of the playoffs against the Dodgers.
It’s going to be a dandy desperate duel for both teams who each have a score to settle over their history of heartbreak with the very dangerous St. Louis Cardinals.