What to look for: Mets try to clinch the NL East vs. Reds, 4:10 PM

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The Mets will look to clinch the National League Eastern Division title on Saturday afternoon against the Reds at 4:10 pm at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Rich MacLeodHere is today’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Matt Harvey – RHP

Here is today’s pitching matchup:

Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.80 ERA) will start for the Mets.

John Lamb (1-3, 4.60 ERA) will start for the Reds.

Mets vs RedsHere’s what I’m looking for today from the Mets:

It’s time.

For nine years now, Mets fans everywhere have waited for this day. With their magic number reduced to one, this franchise is a victory (or a Nationals loss) away from their first National League East Division Championship since 2006 and just their sixth in team history.

I don’t know what today will bring as Matt Harvey likely won’t pitch past the 5th inning for the second consecutive start as the Mets continue to try and keep his innings down, but it appears as if this is setting up to be a very special evening in Cincinnati.

The last time we saw Harvey on the mound was six days ago on Sunday night against the Yankees, where he looked dominant, allowing just one hit through five innings pitched. The problem, however, aside from the team’s lack of offense, was the new innings restriction, as the team quickly melted down once Harvey was lifted prior to the 6th inning.

I’m not sure what they’ll get out of Harvey today, or how long he’ll last in this one, but I think it’s safe to say that The Dark Knight will be as amped as ever with a chance to clinch the division.

Even if Harvey is lights out today, this team is likely going to need some offense behind him, so that they can give the pitchers who will relieve him some cushion. If the team plays the way that they have the last two nights, that shouldn’t be a problem.

In the last two games vs. the Reds, the Mets have scored a combined 18 runs, including their 12-run, three-home run outburst on Friday night. For the third consecutive game, the Amazin’s will face a rookie starter, as John Lamb, part of Cincy’s haul back for Johnny Cueto, takes the hill.

Terry Collins has elected to keep all of his regular left-handed bats in the lineup, aside from Michael Conforto, something he hasn’t done in recent memory against a lefty starter, so it will be interesting to see how they fare.

Judging from their lineup construction, to the way they’ve played the last couple nights and down to the team’s attitude leading up to this game, this Mets team can smell the blood in the water.

It’s time to take care of business, and take their crown. Let’s go Mets!

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