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Lucas Duda smacks grand slam as Mets clinch the NL East


Mets first baseman Lucas Duda belted a grand slam in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Reds, providing all of the offense starter Matt Harvey would need. But the Mets didn’t stop there. Curtis Granderson added a solo home run in the second inning and Michael Cuddyer plated a pair of runs in the third with a double. David Wright put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the ninth.

Harvey threw 97 pitches over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out six. He is officially past his innings limit, now at 183 1/3. Harvey left with two outs in the seventh, relieved by Addison Reed. Tyler Clippard worked a scoreless inning and Jeurys Familia nailed down the win with a scoreless ninth. He struck out Jay Bruce swinging to end the game.

With the 10-2 victory at Great American Ball Park, the Mets have officially clinched the NL East and earned their first trip to the playoffs since 2006.

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Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.