The New York Mets are 2015 National League East Champions

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The Mets defeated the Reds by the score of 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

For the first time since 2006, the Mets will return to the playoffs after winning the National League East for the sixth time in franchise history.

2015 marks the eighth time the Mets have reached the postseason in their history.

BaronThe time has finally come.

At long last, the Mets are going back to the postseason. Oh, how sweet that is…

It’s been a long, arduous and at times uncertain journey for the Mets, their organization and their fanbase. But the Mets have finally done what seemed to become inevitable back in August, and that is reach the playoffs as the 2015 National League Eastern Division Champions.

The Mets didn’t have an easy ride. They got off to a rollicking start in 2015 with a 13-3 record, and thanks to some devastating and long-term injuries to many key players, the Mets coughed that all back up and actually fell under .500 on June 24 when they were 36-37.

Mets Reds BaseballBut thanks to what really was a shockingly good July at 13-12 – considering the level of their opponents and the Nationals keeping the Mets around with their own uninspiring play through the first part of the summer – the Mets had an opportunity to retro-fit their lineup, build some quality depth up and down the roster, proceed to pummel the Nationals at Citi Field the first weekend of August, and not look back from there.

Since July 25, the Mets have gone 39-19 and scored 5.7 runs per game and simply pounded their way to the division title, blowing past the Nationals while turning a three game deficit into a monumental nine game lead to clinch the division with seven games to go.

The Mets have shocked the Nationals, shocked the industry, and completely changed the perception of the organization in the process. They have gone from the laughing stock of the sport to a serious World Championship threat thanks to their stellar young pitching and their new, dynamic offense which is capable of beating any team on any day in a number of ways.

2015 Mets PostseasonBut perhaps the most important thing is they’ve exorcised their dark demons which have haunted them over the last eight years, which has been marred by collapses and controversy, embarrassment and instability.

They’ve finally turned the page, and that’s really exciting.

Congratulations to Sandy Alderson, John Ricco, JP Ricciardi, Terry Collins and his coaching staff, and the entire player development crew starting with Tommy Tanous and his scouting department all the way up to Dicky Scott, Ian Levin and Paul DePodesta, and all of the players for what has been a tremendous accomplishment in reorganizing and rebuilding this organization and building a winning foundation to get this club to the top of the New York sports spectrum once again.

The job is not done, but this is their first significant step and statement establishing themselves as a force in this game once again.

The Mets have become a great story in professional sports, and this is only the beginning…

Mets go batty, again.

Lucas DudaThe Mets basically ensured they were going to win the division on their terms on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to an immediate 4-0 lead thanks to another blast from Lucas Duda, who hit the first grand slam of his career of John Lamb in the first.

Curtis Granderson – who is suddenly getting hot again – hit a solo home run off of Lamb in the second, marking the second home run he’s hit against southpaws this season.

But the Reds got to Matt Harvey a little bit in the second inning with a two-run double by Ivan De Jesus Jr. which scored both Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier to pull the Reds back to within three.

But Michael Cuddyer would have nothing of that, as he slugged a two-run double of his own in the top of the third inning, giving the Mets a 7-2 lead.

The Mets went hitless from the third inning into the ninth, but in what was a fitting end to this glorious run through the 2015 season, David Wright hit a long, three-run home run to seal their division championship in fitting fashion.

So many people around the game admire Wright for not only his talent, but his guts to put up with all that was awful for the Mets in those years, and saying the right things to the media as their ultimate shield.

He has played hurt, and now with so much uncertainty. And to come back and slam the door shut on the division title couldn’t have ended in a better way for him or his Mets.

What a great #HarveyDay.

Matt HarveyAfter all of this nonsense with Matt Harvey, his agent and the Mets, he made a remarkably good decision to give the Mets everything he had in the NL East-deciding game on Saturday.

And it was a dandy of a ballgame he pitched to deliver the Mets their first division crown in nine years.

Outside of the second inning, it was a mostly typical Harvey Day. He owned the strike zone, worked quickly, had all of his stuff working, and gave the Mets the best possible effort he could give them for 6 2/3 innings.

He mostly cruised while pitching to a lot of contact and getting a lot of quick outs in the process. He had pinpoint control of his fastball down along with a tightly spun slider which he was placing beautifully on the corners. He looked as solid as he normally does, which bodes well for him come the playoffs.

Now, it’s time for a little breather.

The Mets still have home field advantage to play for, but the Mets can now take a step back and appreciate what they’ve accomplished this season. They’ve been a remarkably inspiring story, and they deserve a very rich and raucous celebration tonight and in the days to come.

They can finally start to look ahead, get those aches and pains out of their system, smile and enjoy what has been a magical ride in 2015.

Other notes from Saturday:

The Mets won the National League East in their 155th game. They needed 88 wins to clinch the division. Other NL East clinchers:

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With his first inning grand slam, Duda now has three home runs and 12 RBI in his last three games.

The Mets set a club mark with their tenth consecutive win on the road. They’ve won 18 of their last 20 games away from Citi Field.

The Mets have won all five meetings against the Reds in 2015 – they’re now 12-20 against the National League Central this season.

The Mets improved to 69-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game.

Joey Votto extended his on-base streak to 43 consecutive games.

Terry Collins has reached the postseason for the first time in his career in the sport.

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