PHILADELPHIA — No matter what happens the rest of this weekend, the Mets will play beyond Sunday.

Their 5-1 win over the Phillies on Friday ensured that the Mets will, at worst, finish with the same 162-game record as the Cardinals. That means even if they lose both of their remaining games and the Cardinals win all three of theirs, those two teams would play a tiebreaker next week for the right to qualify for the National League Wild Card Game.

The Mets can clinch a Wild Card berth outright if the Cardinals lose Friday against the Pirates. Otherwise, they can clinch outright with a single win or Cardinals loss on Saturday or Sunday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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