Jeurys Familia set down the Reds in the ninth inning on Saturday at Great American Ball Park, striking out Jay Bruce as the Mets clinched the NL East. In doing so, the Mets’ ticket to the post-season is punched for the first time since 2006.
Familia’s ninth inning was stress-free, as he entered with a 10-2 lead. He got two quick outs, but allowed a single to left field to Joey Votto, and Brandon Phillips followed up with an infield single. A throwing error on the play by David Wright allowed Votto to move to third base. But Familia bounced back to whiff Bruce.
Watch the final out and the Mets’ ensuing celebration:
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.