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Three moments that will matter vs. Dodgers

Often, it’s the minutiae that matters in October. That’s why the Mets have spent the past week stressing over whether to carry a six- or a seven-man bullpen on their postseason roster, what sort of specialists to include on their bench, and so on and so forth.

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Grandy’s late homer gets Mets to 90 wins

A turbulent and ultimately successful regular season ended Sunday with the vision that general manager Sandy Alderson first set forth for the Mets two years ago: 90 wins. The Mets hit that mark on the dot with a 1-0 win over the Nationals at Citi Field, capping their best season since 2006 with an eye toward the National League Division Series beginning Friday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

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Mets salute fans after 90th win, ready for NLDS

Before the shadows quite faded, plunging Citi Field into darkness, the Mets took a moment to salute their fans. Manager Terry Collins enjoyed a lap around the warning track. David Wright grabbed a microphone and gave a 13-word speech, its brevity belying its impact.

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Familia ties Mets record with 43rd save

Jeurys Familia spent 2015 climbing rungs, first up the Mets’ depth chart and then its historical leaderboard. His season-long ascension from intriguing back-end piece to ninth-inning necessity reached its statistical pinnacle Sunday, when Familia tied the Mets’ single-season saves record by locking down New York’s 1-0 win in the regular-season finale against Washington.

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Mets’ postseason history rich in memories

From the Amazin’ underdogs of 1969 to the “Ya Gotta Believe” 1973 season to the brashness of ‘86 to the 2000 Subway Series, the Mets’ postseason history has been remarkably colorful over a little more than a half-century of baseball.

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Cincinnati's Chapman throws 62 fastest pitches of season (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this season, according to Major League Baseball's new Statcast computer system.

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Playoff Push: Kershaw aims at redemption, stars set to debut (The Associated Press)

The Major League Baseball playoffs begin this week, starting Tuesday night with the American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Big stars Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Zack Greinke, familiar faces David Wright, Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright and top rookies such as Kris Bryant fill the rosters of the 10 teams that reached the postseason. CURSED KERSHAW?: Clayton Kershaw has been the game’s best pitcher in recent years during the regular season, but has struggled mightily in the postseason.

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