Mets eliminated from postseason contention after 4-3 loss to Nationals

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The dream is over for the Mets.

A 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon officially eliminated the Mets from postseason contention, a possibility that was slim – about a 1.5 percent chance, according to FanGraphs – but still alive entering play on Saturday.

To make the postseason, the Mets would have needed to win their last three games against the Nationals to finish 29-31, and then see both the Giants and Phillies lose out (to the Padres and Rays, respectively) and Milwaukee lose one of their final two to the Cardinals.

Instead, Jacob deGrom’s final regular-season start turned into his final start of 2020 period, his candidacy for a third straight NL Cy Young Award ending with five innings of three-run ball. deGrom also struck out 10 in the outing, and finishes the season 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA, 104 strikeouts against 18 walks, and a 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings across 12 starts.

However, when asked about the NL Cy race after the game, deGrom said:

"(Trevor) Bauer, maybe Yu Darvish. I would have liked to have been there in the talks, but I don't think today helped me."

To add injury to insult, the Mets also lost rookie phenom Andres Gimenez in Game 1, as he tweaked an oblique on a swing and was replaced by Amed Rosario. With their postseason fate determined, the Mets placed Gimenez on the I.L. in between games and added outfielder Ryan Cordell from the taxi squad.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Cordell, Robert Gsellman was moved to the 60-day I.L.