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Mets Morning News: Kershaw and Wainwright get rocked because baseball is so confusing

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Patrick Smith

Meet the Mets

Hitting coach Lamar Johnson will not keep his position in 2015. Did he make much of a difference? A trio of hitters appear to have benefited from Johnson's time as hitting coach.

What would a Mets playoff roster have looked like had they made the postseason this year? Not very pretty.

Four free agents who should be on their list this winter are still playing for AL teams this postseason.

Daniel Murphy might or might not be on the way out for the Mets this offseason and Adam Rubin looks at why.

Ex-Mets pitcher and prospect Octavio Dotel has retired. He was the last active 1999 Met.

Another former Mets player Joe McEwing is a candidate for the Rangers and Diamondbacks manager job.

Around the Playoffs

Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw each got knocked around and the Cardinals held on to beat the Dodgers 10-9.

Eric Hosmer's 11th inning home run propelled the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Angels, giving them a 2-0 series lead.

In a close one, the Giants defeated the Nationals 3-2.

The Orioles smacked the Tigers bullpen around, winning 7-6 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Around the Majors

Jose Fernandez had his second throwing session since Tommy John surgery and it was "incredible".

Phillies president David Montgomery took a leave of absence and it was reported that he was forced out by a Philly tv station. That, however, was incorrect.

Eno Sarris talked to Brandon Moss of the A's, who is a fan of sabermetrics and hates batting average. Also, Ruben Amaro is wrong again.

Kevin Towers will leave the Diamondbacks to pursue other opportunities, rather than take on a new role.

Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn has stepped down after a rough year.

Former Astros manager Bo Porter is the new Braves third base coach.

Yesterday At AA

James Kannengieser says not to pay much attention to the Mets run differential.

Matthew Callan looked back at the 1999 Mets trip to the desert to take on the Diamondbacks.

We reviewed Eric Campbell's rookie season.

Peter Quadrino recalls some of Carlos Beltran's most memorable Mets moments.

Politics and Robert Moses' vision of New York City played a large role in the building of Shea Stadium.

Should the Mets use Jenrry Mejia or Bobby Parnell as closer in 2015?

Episode 87 of the Amazin Avenue Audio podcast is available to listen to.

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