Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Hold the Cards in Postseason Chase

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Hold the Cards in Postseason Chase

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NEW YORK - In the final inning of the Mets' 17-0 win over the Phillies in the home finale Sunday, the fans chanted that they want to see their team return to the playoffs for the second straight year.

Six games remain in the season to determine if that will be the case, and, thanks to Sunday's win, the Mets still control whether they will be after the 162nd game.

"Our fans gave great support [Saturday] and again today, and certainly our plan is to come back and play again in front of them," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We just got to go grind it out this week."

The Mets are on a high note as they closed out their regular- season home slate Sunday. Robert Gsellman (3-2) tossed seven scoreless innings, and the victory is the largest shutout win in team history.

The Mets (83-73) are atop the National League wild-card standings, with San Francisco a game back and holding the second spot. St. Louis is a half-game behind the Giants.

Before the game, the team held a moment of silence for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died Sunday morning. Yoenis Cespedes taped a Mets jersey with Fernandez's name and number to the wall in the dugout.

"Our guys, they're a special group. We wanted to honor Jose, so we put his jersey on our dugout," Collins said. "[Today is] going to be a tough day -- really going to be a tough one -- but [we] got through this one. Robert Gsellman was real, real good. I'm glad it's over and I'll be glad when [today is] over."

Despite all the injuries the Mets have dealt with this season, they have put themselves in a favorable spot after 156 games. They don't have to rely on any other team for help, and will have their top two starters pitching up to four times in these last six games against Miami and Philadelphia.

Sunday began on a somber note, with the team mourning Fernandez after his tragic death. Collins complimented his players for how they performed hours after finding out.

"It was a very tough game," Cespedes said through a translator. "The loss of Fernandez was very tough, even for everyone here that wasn't very, very good or close friends. …

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