The New York Mets clinched a playoff spot Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3, to secure the top National League wild card, while the St. Louis Cardinals remained alive for the final spot in the NL with another win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The defending NL champions will host San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs.
James Loney hit a two-run homer to back 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (15-8), and Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-high 51st save. T.J. Rivera, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single.
The only other time the Mets made the postseason...