The Mets continued their winning ways and their two year dominance over the Reds with a 5-3 win. This time they did it on the strength of a sturdy bullpen and four home runs. Yoenis Cespedes provided the big blow with a lead-changing two run-home run in the seventh inning. Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes and Alejandro De Aza added solo shots of their own to account for all the scoring. Rafael Montero was less than sharp, allowing three runs on four walks and three hits in 4.1 innings, but Terry Collins wisely pulled him in favor of an expanded bullpen and they rewarded him with 4.2 innings of scoreless pitching. A parade of Josh Edgin, Gabriel Ynoa, Josh Smoker, Fernando Salas, Addison Reed and finally Jeurys Familia got the job done.
In the end, Smoker got the win, Reed got his Mets record 33rd hold, Familia his Mets record 46th save, and Cespedes the game ball. The Giants and Cardinals both won, so the Mets remain one game back in the wild card race, however the Pirates and Marlins both continued their losing streaks and appear to be fast falling out of contention. From here on, it looks like a three-way battle for two playoff spots between the Mets, Giants and Cardinals. We may be battered, but we’ve got the easiest remaining schedule of the three teams. This afternoon we go for the Cinci sweep with Noah Syndergaard on the mound. LGM!