Don Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw, Pedro Baez, and the Seventh Inning

Look, I don’t really want to talk about last night. I prefer writing about happy things. You probably don’t want to read about last night, either, because reliving a nightmare is not fun. But, at a certain point, it has to be done, especially while it’s fresh in everybody’s minds. Let’s talk about that seventh inning. Clayton Kershaw finished the sixth inning on just five...
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Just say no to Michael Cuddyer and Tyler Clippard

Terry Collins stayed true to his word, mostly, and ran his best players out there last night rather than one of his all righty lineups against lefty Clayton Kershaw. It worked. Kershaw gave up four hits, all of them to left-handed hitters, including a solo homerun to Daniel Murphy. There was some concern that Collins would look to exploit what had been working throughout the Mets’...
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Collins Explains Starting Syndergaard On The Road

Matt Harvey was the aforementioned Mets ace since debuting in 2012 and bursting out the following season which included starting the All Star Game for the NL team at Citi Field. But as good as Jacob deGrom has been so far in his brief major league career, in an ideal world, Mets manager Terry Collins told ESPN New York he would’ve preferred having Harvey start Game 1 of the NLDS...
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Rangers' Beltre misses workout to rest back, remains day to day

  Adrian Beltre was excused from the Texas Rangers' workout at the ballpark Saturday to rest his back in the AL Division Series. Beltre missed Game 2 on Friday because of a lower back strain that also forced the third baseman's early exit from the series opener on Thursday. The Rangers say Beltre is resting, taking medications and still considered day to day. Beltre will be evaluated...
Via AP on Fox
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Game 2 bordering must-win territory for Chicago Cubs

Calling the second game of a five-game series a must-win is ‘tired’ as Bryce Harper would say, but that’s exactly what Game 2 of the NLDS is for the Chicago Cubs. Only two teams in baseball history have ever rebounded from a two-game hole to win in the divisional round — the 1995 Seattle Mariners and 2012 San Francisco Giants. The Cubs face baseball’s premier postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
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The Rangers have knocked the Blue Jays down, but not out

It’s not hard to figure out the most surprising team in the early going of the 2015 MLB Playoffs: the Texas Rangers. At the same time, you won’t have to look much further to find the postseason’s biggest disappointment. By dropping two straight at a subdued Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the most precarious of situations. The team that was the hottest...
Via The Sports Daily
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2015 Player Review: Jonathan Papelbon

Papelbon used smoke and mirrors to post solid numbers for the Phillies. His luck ran out when he choked in more ways than one in Washington. When compiling the 100 Greatest Phillies of All-Time (now available on Amazon, makes a great holiday gift!), Pat Gallen and I struggled with the placement of a few guys, most notably, Lenny Dykstra, Roy Halladay, Von Hayes, Ryan Howard, and...
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Former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Millar faked phone calls to escape autograph seekers

Former Boston Red Sox Kevin Millar has yada-yada'd autograph seekers.“I used to walk off the bus, and you’d leave there, and there are people, and the next thing you know, you got fans,” Millar said. “And you can’t sign for everybody, and if you’ve got a two-minute bus, you’ve gotta roll, right? You’ve got a stream of people.“So you’d have to fake (a) phone call...
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Mets Minors: Syndergaard Part Of BA’s All-Rookie Team

Baseball America picked nine position players and six pitchers to be part of their All-Rookie team with Noah Syndergaard being the only Mets player chosen. Michael Conforto was passed over in the outfield for Joc Pederson, Randal Grichuk and Odubel Herrera mainly because of his limited opportunity this year (only 174 AB’s). Syndergaard led rookie pitchers with his 166...
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Mets Need Cespedes To Step Up Again

Yoenis Cespedes torched the National League in August, but the Mets’ free-agent-to-be will make his money by what he does in October. Call it the “Carlos Beltran Rule.’’ Early reports have Cespedes seeking a package in the seven-year, $140-million range. The Mets have the funds, but do they have the willingness to offer a contract that would exceed what David Wright is making...
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Things I think I think (Cubs vs. Cards edition)

The series opener didn’t go the Chicago Cubs’ way, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be shut down forever.  As awesome as it would be, it’s highly improbable that any team will win all their games, especially in the postseason when every team is theoretically good at baseball.  Anyway, we have a lineup for Game 2: #NLDS Game 2. #LetsGo Game preview:
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Adrian Beltre excused from Rangers workout to rest back

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre was excused from the Texas Rangers' workout at the ballpark Saturday to rest his back in the AL Division Series. Beltre missed Game 2 on Friday because of a lower back strain that also forced the third baseman's early exit from the series opener on Thursday. The Rangers say Beltre is resting, taking medications and still considered day to day...
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Toronto Blue Jays: Adversity Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The World Series favorite, Toronto Blue Jays are down 0-2 in the ALDS and sit on the brink of being eliminated. All the hype, the talk and the star-studded line up could fade into a heartbreaking end of the season. No one wants to go home. No one wants to win the impossible AL East and then get swept the week after. The party should just be getting started after 22 years away from...
Via Baseball Essential
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Mets Winter League Results 10/9, Satterwhite With Scoreless Inning

Three Mets Players in Venezuelan Winter League Last Night: Tiburones de La Guaira RHP Cody Satterwhite- 1 IP, H, BB, 0.00 ERA Caribes de Anzoategui RF Travis Taijeron- 0 for 3, BB, R, SO .286 AVG... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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St. Louis Cardinals: do the Cubs have a chance?

The St. Louis Cardinals had a shutout win in their first postseason matchup against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The Cards won 4-0 as they opened their best-of-five National League Division Series. Oct 9, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey reacts after inducing a double play to end the top of the 7th inning in game one of the NLDS against the...
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Tigers: Alex Avila is probably done in Detroit

Family is one thing, business is something totally different for new Tigers GM Al Avila. With free agency on the horizon for longtime Detroit catcher Alex Avila, bringing his son back doesn’t seem to be a priority for Al Avila who believes the veteran backstop will sign elsewhere this offseason. “I don’t really see it as a priority,” the Tigers GM told reporters when...
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Watch: What Does DeGrom Do Next After Outdueling Kershaw?

So what does a young pitching stud like Jacob deGrom do after an incredible postseason debut in which he struck out a record 13 Los Angeles Dodgers while out-dueling the best pitcher on the planet, Clayton Kershaw? No he didn’t go to Disney World (that comes later), he does this:   The look on Daniel Murphy‘s face after deGrom secretly lowers his chair is absolutely priceless...
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WATCH: Kevin Millar admits he faked phone calls to dodge autograph seekers

Kevin Millar was a fan favorite during his playing days with the Boston Red Sox. But apparently his popularity sometimes forced him to take drastic measures. The former first baseman, who spent three seasons with the Red Sox and was part of Boston’s magical World Series run in 2004, recently was a guest on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” alongside ex-player Sean Casey. The...
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Cuddyer Struggles In Game 1, Conforto Should Start Tonight

Getty Images Michael Cuddyer had a rough night in the field during yesterday’s win over the Dodgers. Cuddyer misjudged two fly balls during the second and third innings that turned into doubles for Los Angeles. “I misread the ball,” Cuddyer said. “The ball was flying in the first couple of innings. Misread both of them….Fortunately for me and fortunately for our team...
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Must-Win October for Mattingly and the Dodgers

After seeing last night’s heart-wrenching 3-1 loss to the New York Mets at home, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves with their backs already against the wall just one game into the postseason. With players like Adrian Gonzalez striking out three times in Game 1, things look bleak for the Boys in Blue. The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball that currently sits at...
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Game 1 Thoughts From A Young Die-Hard Mets Fan

Back in 2006 I was eleven years old. I remember the great season the Mets had, I still watched a lot of games with my dad and I loved the Mets. The big moments from that year stuck in my mind such as the Eric Chavez robbing that home run, and of course Carlos Beltran striking out looking. This year has been different. I have watched every single game including the pre-game and post...
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Cory Vaughn Among 14 Mets Minor League Players Released

The Mets did some minor league housekeeping this week releasing 14 players in their system with the biggest name being Las Vegas 51’s outfielder Cory Vaughn. The Mets selected Cory in the 4th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Adam Wainwright criticizes erectile dysfunction ads in MLB playoff coverage

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had some harsh words for Major League Baseball and its television partners on Friday. Wainwright tweeted the official accounts for MLB and MLB on Fox, critical of the constant ads for erectile dysfunction remedies that are a fixture in commercial breaks. @MLBONFOX @MLB I shouldn't have to turn the...Read More
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POLL: Price And Greinke Still Top The Sox Target List

While the gap has narrowed, FenwayNation readers still think David Price and Zack Greinke should be the main targets of Dave Dombrowski this Winter. As the chart shows, three in ten (30%) voters in our latest poll feel Price should be the main target, while one-quarter (25%) think Greinke should be our free agent pitcher target. Fifteen percent each choose Jordan Zimmermann and...
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Is MLB wild card success random or predictable?

With the completion of the 2015 AL and NL wild-card games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the MLB completed their fourth installment of the winner take all games. When the wild-card games began in 2012, they were unlike anything Major League Baseball had ever seen before. Sure, elimination games have existed as long as the World Series, but a one game series was a new idea. Fans...
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