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Terry Collins told reporters that Matt Harvey has made himself available in relief for Game 5. Collins also said that Noah Syndergaard could be used to protect a lead in the 7th or 8th innings.
The Mets should feel comfortable with a lead after the seventh inning due to the dominance of Jeurys Familia, wrote Mark Bowman. Familia has retired all 10 batters that he has faced during the series.
Anthony Rieber discussed the challenge of hitting against Dodgers' Game 5 starter Zack Greinke, noting his great command and intelligence while pitching, stemming from his preparation.
Anthony Castrovince spelled out five keys to winning Game 5 for Mets. At the top of the list, of course, is Jacob deGrom pitching well.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is hoping for a Mets-Blue Jays World Series. His reason? He wants to see R.A. Dickey return to the stadium where he won a Cy Young.
Around the NL East
At The Good Phight, John Stolnis played "who would you rather" with Ruben Amaro Jr. and Larry Bowa. Both are interested in managerial jobs.
Speaking of Larry Bowa, he will have a second interview for the manager's position with the Marlins.
The Nationals reportedly met with Dusty Baker regarding their managerial opening. Baker last managed with the Reds before being fired in 2013.
Talking Chop did a long analysis of Nick Markakis' first season in Atlanta with the Braves.
The Blue Jays won a wild Game 5 against the Rangers. Marcus Stroman started and allowed two runs over six innings. Jose Bautista propelled the offense with a three-run home run.
The Royals defeated the Astros 7-2 and will advance to the NLCS. Johnny Cueto pitched brilliantly, allowing two runs over eight innings. Kendrys Morales drilled a three-run home run off of Dallas Keuchel in the eighth inning.
The Angels fired hitting coach Don Baylor and pitching coach Mike Butcher. The team finished three games behind the Rangers for the division lead, and one game behind the Astros for the second wild card spot.
For what it's worth, Jason Heyward referred to possibility of remaining with Cardinals as an "ideal situation."
Yesterday at AA
Chris McShane wrote about what it means to him to keep the Mets season going. Most importantly, he noted what a blast it has been watching the Mets return to the postseason this year.
Andrew Gould broke down the Mets bullpen going into Game 5. However, the hierarchy of pitchers available has shifted with the availability of Harvey.
Amazin' Avenue Audio Episode 146, the Game 4 recap, is out. Listen to it here.
This Date in Mets History
In 1986, the Mets and Astros went to 16 innings in the deciding Game 6 of the NLCS.