Meet the Mets
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 Castrovince spelled out five keys to winning Game 5 for Mets. At the top of the list, of course, is Jacob deGrom pitching well.
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.
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.
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.