PHILADELPHIA — Even Mets manager Terry Collins, an enduring optimist, swears he did not expect this back in mid-August. A sub-.500 team missing more than a half-dozen of its best players, the Mets struggled to beat back the notion that perhaps this just was not their year.

Then came a turnaround that, in some ways, was even more remarkable than what the Mets accomplished last year en route to the National League pennant. In beating the Phillies, 5-3, at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the Mets clinched both their second consecutive postseason berth and the right to host Wednesday’s NL Wild Card Game at Citi Field.

The Mets will play either the Cardinals or Giants in that win-or-go-home game, with the winner moving on to face the Cubs in a best-of-five National League Division Series beginning Friday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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