The Mets lost to the Brewers last night, falling by a score of 4-2. There weren't any real standout performances from the good guys in this one, although Travis D'Arnaud did get his average up to .200 with a 2-for-3 performance. The highlights from that one can be found here, while the full box score is available here.
There was a scary moment for Mets fans as David Wright was hit in the head by a pitch, and subsequently left last night's game. Concussion tests came back negative, but I'm not sure I'd be rushing the third baseman back out there for the last two games of the 2013 season. He was coherent enough to talk a bit about the plans for this coming winter though, and sounded optimistic that the Mets would be spending some money to fill some of the holes in the current roster.
It's been a while since we had any sort of input from Adam Rubin's world famous network of scouts, but he's got nine opinions for us on Lucas Duda and Ike Davis.
Bud Selig is retiring, and there is already some speculation as to who will be replacing him in the commissioner's office. Jeff Passan tossed a few names out there, and Sandy Alderson was among them.
Vic Black seems like a pretty nice return for a month of Marlon Byrd based on his early performances as a Met, and RotoGraphs took a look at his fantasy baseball value for next season.
Yesterday at AA
We had a preview of the final series of the 2013 season, as Aaron looked at the Milwaukee Brewers.
We can take a look back at September 27 in New York Mets history, a date that saw the 2000 team clinch a wild card place.
Nothing of note happened in the NL playoff race last night, as it is all but sorted at this point. The Braves and Dodgers have clinched their respective divisions, and the Reds have clinched one of the two wild card berths. The only thing left to be decided is the winner of the NL Central, and both the Pirates and Cardinals had the evening off. The magic number for St. Louis remains at one.
The AL playoff picture remains a little less clear. All three division winners have been decided, but there are three teams very much in the hunt for a pair of wild card places. Tampa Bay managed a 4-0 win over the Yankees last night to put themselves on the verge of clinching one of the spots, while the Indians managed a 6-5 win to remain in the lead for the second. The Rangers had to win to keep pace with Cleveland, and did just that.
Th picture at the bottom is also becoming a bit more clear, even if MLB Trade Rumors hasn't updated their reverse standings as of the time that I'm writing this. The Mets still sit in the first spot where they'd potentially be forfeiting their first round pick this winter, although they didn't win last evening to solidify that spot.
The competition for that 11th-worst record in baseball is fierce. The Rockies actually lost a little ground because they took the night off, while both the Phillies and Blue Jays managed to lose. The Padres and Giants were on the fringe of the "competition", and both managed wins last night to effectively remove them from this conversation. That leaves just the Brewers, who beat the Mets while potentially ending David Wright's season. Well played guys...