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Izzy hangs up the spikes, Holliday spikes Scutaro, and Jim Leyland wears a stove pipe hat. All this and more in Mets Morning News.
Meet the Mets
Faith and Fear writes about a bad couple of days for the 1986 Mets.
Land of Hope and Dreams
The Giants bounced back with a 7-1 victory to even up their series with the Cardinals. Ryan Vogelsong managed to shut down all the non-Carlos-Beltran parts of the St. Louis offense, and San Francisco got to Chris Carpenter early. During the game Matt Holliday injured Marco Scutaro with a take-out slide at second base. Clean? Dirty? Legal or not, I'm sure it will dominate the off day news cycle.
Speaking of off-day news cycles, the Yankees offense got plenty of water cooler talk in the media. Howard Megdal ponders where the Yankees' bats have gone. Baseball Analytics breaks down Robinson Cano's postseason slump. And finally, perhaps Brett Gardner will be a spark plug for the Bronx Bombers.
FanGraphs wonders if something is wrong with Madison Bumgarner.
Over at Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh examines Jim Leyland's comments on the bullpen management and the closer mentality.
The Platoon Advantage reminds Nationals' fans that whatever doesn't kill you will inevitably become part of fan lore.
Will Leitch defends his beloved St. Louis Cardinals over at Sports on Earth. Normally I would be rooting for anyone but the Redbirds, but you can blame Beltran for my relative neutrality here.
Yesterday at AA
Brock Mahan reminisced about one of the most underrated awesome games in Mets history, Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS.
The BBWAA announced the release schedule for their 2012 awards. The NL Cy Young will be announced on November 14th. Happy Dickey Day?
Beyond the Box Score looks at whether or not Ricky Romero can be fixed.
And finally, I will just present this without comment. Okay, one comment: Leyland looked exactly as old and grizzled in the 1980s apparently.