For the first time since the 2016 NL wild card game, the New York Mets will take part in the Major League Baseball playoffs. In what capacity remains to be seen, but with Monday night's 7-2 win over the Brewers, the Mets have officially clinched a playoff berth.
It was a fun clincher, too. Max Scherzer returned from the injured list and hadn't missed a beat. He threw six perfect innings before being pulled as a precaution against reaggravating his oblique injury. Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer, pushing his season RBI total to 118. The club record is 124 (Mike Piazza in 1999 and David Wright in 2008).
This is the Mets' sixth trip to the playoffs in the wild-card era. They were the NL wild card in both 1999 and 2000, winning the NL pennant in the latter season. They won the NL East in 2006 and 2015 (also a pennant winner) and then lost in the wild-card game in 2016 to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.