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New York Mets clinch first playoff spot in nine years

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Believe it, Mets fans: there will be playoff baseball at Citi Field in October.

The New York Mets captured the National League Eastern Division title Saturday evening with a 10-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on the road, securing the team’s first playoff appearance since 2006.

Citi Field was empty Saturday, but it will be full of excited fans next month when it hosts postseason baseball for the first time in its history. The Mets are currently projected to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaders of the NL Western Division, in the best-of-five Division Series, though it has yet to be decided which team will get home-field advantage. The regular season ends on Oct. 4.

For the Mets and their long-suffering fans, this moment of euphoria has been a long time coming. Little had gone right for the franchise since they lost the National League pennant in 2006 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The last nine seasons had been filled with season-ending collapses, on- and off-field embarrassments, injuries to key players and one losing season after another.

Fittingly, David Wright — the team captain who had been with the club through it all — helped ice the proverbial cake with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth.

The team’s fortunes turned around this year on the strength of young starting pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. After a hot start to the season, however, the Mets found themselves in late July with a 49-48 record and in second place behind the Washington Nationals.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson then made several trades to strengthen the team’s two weak points: the starting lineup and bullpen. The Mets picked up infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves, then reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics and, at the July 31 trading deadline, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers.

The revamped Mets went on a roll in August, sweeping a three-game series from the Nationals at Citi Field, vaulting themselves into first place for good, eventually growing a nine-game lead. Despite a mid-September slump for the Mets that saw the lead shrink to six games, the Nationals couldn’t capitalize on the Mets’ losses.


Mets launch website for potential postseason ticket sales

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With the New York Mets in a pennant race for the first time in Citi Field’s history, the team offered some additional hope to its long-suffering fans on Wednesday in launching a website for potential postseason game tickets.

Fans can visit www.mets.com/postseason and register for the opportunity to purchase tickets for October baseball at Citi Field should the Mets advance to the playoffs. Registration is free and there is no obligation to purchase tickets.

Fans have until noon on Sept. 10 to sign up for a chance to buy tickets for a possible National League wild card game or National League Division Series games in Flushing. Once the registration period is complete, the Mets will select registered fans through a lottery, and selected fans will be notified via email thereafter with additional information.

Beyond the Division Series, fans can also register for potential tickets to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the World Series. The NLCS registration deadline is noon on Monday, Oct. 5 (the day after the regular season ends), and the World Series deadline is noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Both deadlines are listed as applicable and dependent upon the Mets securing their playoff spot, the first time they would do so since 2006.

Coming off their most recent victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets sit atop the standings in the National League Eastern Division, with the Washington Nationals 6 1/2 games behind in second. The Mets and Nationals square off in D.C. next week in a three-game series, and the two rivals will close out the regular season with a three-game set at Citi Field on Oct. 2 to 4.

Many Met fans hope that the latter series, unlike in previous years, won’t be a must-win for the Amazins.


Robert Morris upsets St. John’s in first round of NIT

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An unsatisfying season for the St. John’s men’s basketball team ended with a sour taste.

Despite being a No. 1 seed, the Red Storm were upset by the Robert Morris University Colonials in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), 89-78, in front of a small crowd of 1,027 fans at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday, crushing the Johnnieshopes of making a deep postseason run. 

The Colonials, which also defeated top-seeded University of Kentucky in last year’s NIT initial round, opened the game with a 19-2 run in the first five minutes, led by Northeast Conference player of the year Karvel Anderson, who finished with a game-high 38-points, and teammate Lucky Jones, who had 25 points.

St. John’s never led or tied the game once Robert Morris started scoring, and seemed as though the team was still down about not being selected to play in the Big Dance.

“I mean we were pretty upset about the fact that we didn’t make the [NCAA] tournament, but they just started hot and everything that went up, seem like it went in,” junior guard Jamal Branch said.

Branch wasn’t joking. The Colonials shot 48.2 percent from the field for the game and 50 percent (16 of 32) for three.

But in the second half, trailing by 26 points with nine minutes remaining, St. John’s executed a 24-6 run for the following six minutes that chopped the Colonials’ lead down to just eight points. The overly silent crowd turned on like a switch during the comeback and possibility of a win.

St. John’s rifle squad, three point specialists Max Hooper and Marco Bourgault, paced the Red Storm’s surge. Hooper finished with a career-high 18 points, shooting 6 of 12 from behind the arc.

And with under a minute remaining, Branch hit four three pointers to draw the Red Storm within seven points, but the Johnnies had run out of time.

St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin hinted maybe things could have been different if the freshman star point guard Rysheed Jordan, who was out suffering from tonsillitis, was available, but said he told the team to focus on next season.

“Tonight was disappointing because we didn’t bring forth the effort or purposefully play that would have allowed us to be competitive,” Lavin said. “Next season we’ll be the veteran group, probably returning as many lettermen as any team in the league. Next year obviously the goals, aspirations will be ratcheted up, because of what we return.”