New York Mets Dominate Reds, Continue Push For Playoffs
David Kohl, USAATSI

The New York Mets dominated the Cincinnati Reds en route to continuing their march towards the NL Wild Card.

The New York Mets continued their march towards the post-season on Monday afternoon by dominating the Cincinnati Reds without having the services of Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson. Led by All-Star Bartolo Colon, who threw six shutout innings, the Mets depth proved to be the key in the decisive 5-0 victory.

Matt Reynolds, fresh off a call-up, smacked a solo home run (third of the season) to begin the scoring for the Mets. Kelly Johnson added to the Mets lead in the 5th-inning with another solo homer. The Mets blew the game open during the top of the seventh when Reynolds singled a ground ball to center to bring in d’Arnaud and to start the offense. Cabrera brought in Loney on a single after Reynolds and De Aza banged a sacrifice fly out to the back wall to drive in Reynolds. It was a well-rounded game for the Mets who were able to turn to a Familia-less bullpen to bring home the W.

The victory is the seventh of last 10 games for the Amazin’s as they find themselves right in the thick of a battle for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Should teams like the Pirates and Marlins continue to slip and the Cardinals begin to falter, the Mets can find themselves right in a playoff spot within the next two days since they are only one game away as of today. The cheers of “Fire Collins” have turned silent and most likely will subside until the start of the playoffs, or an abrupt end to their season.

Can the New York Mets squeeze into the post-season and earn a chance to defend their National League title? There’s reason to hope in Flushing.

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