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With a solid outing from ace Jacob deGrom the New York Mets knock off the Washington Nationals in the season finale and reach 90 wins.

By David Hong

1authordavid - New York Mets Edge Nationals in Season Finale, Reach 90 WinsAfter stumbling through the last week of the regular season losing five straight games and getting no hit the day before, the New York Mets finally get on the win column with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals and finished the season with a 90-72 record. Mets won it on a Curtis Granderson home run in the eighth-inning.

Despite the late stumble, the Mets still had a great season overall indeed and win the NL East and are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

As we all know, they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

The question is, will the Mets last week struggle affect them as the playoffs start.

I know momentum can be big in sports and through the years, we’ve seen may teams that got hot down the stretch, make a deep playoff run.

To me, the playoffs are a whole new season and once you get in, anything can happen.

There’s not much to worry about when it comes to the pitching. They finished well down the stretch, including Game 1 starter Jacob deGrom who threw four shutout innings while surrendering no hits on Sunday.

It’s the offense that might be some concern. In the last 43 innings the Mets only scored two runs including Grandy’s solo home run in the eighth inning on Sunday to win it for the Mets.

Hopefully it’s just a fluke and it could be. Because the Mets offense has been red hot since the end of July when they made the offensive acquisitions. They however will be going against two great pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.  But Kershaw has struggled in the playoffs in the past. It will still be a big test for the Mets bats.

But after missing the playoffs for the last eight seasons, it’s still great to see the Mets back in the playoffs and New York is always a fun place when the Mets are playing in October.

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David Hong

Other than God, sports are my biggest love. My teams are the Mets, Knicks, NY Giants, NY Rangers and St Johns basketball (St. John’s alumni). I especially love the Mets like crazy, more than any other team and seeing them win the World Series would be a dream come true and definitely the best sports moment. The Knicks are a close second. I also like to write, so combine that with my passion for sports equals a perfect scenario, I would love to do sports writing long term. If not that, then probably sports broadcasting, cause I love to talk sports as well. In addition to writing for ESNY, I’m also currently writing for Metsmerizedonline.