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Mets Morning News: WS - Wall Street or World Series?

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Sheelah Kolhatkar of The New Yorker—an expert on Wall Street—took an in-depth look at the shady financial past of Steve Cohen’s company and whether the government of New York City will try to put a stop to his purchase of the Mets.

Game 4 World Series hero Brett Phillips was so excited after the game’s wild ending, that he needed an IV just to calm down. It turns out Phillips has tenuous connections to both New York baseball teams. He was traded to the Brewers on July 30, 2015 for Carlos Gomez—a deal that only happened because the trade that never was, which would have sent Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee, famously did not happen.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop published their review of Jhoulys Chacin’s season.

Fish Stripes did the same for Jon Berti’s 2020.

Around Major League Baseball

The Dodgers defeated the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series to pull ahead three games to two. On top of his solid pitching performance, Clayton Kershaw caught Manuel Margot trying to steal home, which was a decisive moment in the game, as the Rays were putting pressure on Kershaw and trying to mount a comeback. While the pressure was nearly continuous, the Rays went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers got to Tyler Glasnow early and both Joc Pederson and Max Muncy went deep for LA.

In last night’s Game 5, Randy Arozarena set a record for most postseason hits by a single player in MLB history.

Clayton Kershaw also made history last night with his 206th postseason strikeout—passing Justin Verlander and putting him alone atop the all-time leaderboard.

Game 4 of the 2020 World Series couldn’t have been better if it were scripted, writes Emma Baccelieri of Sports Illustrated.

“Owners are being incredibly shortsighted,” one scout said to The Athletic about the layoffs that have plagued the sport due to revenue losses during the pandemic. “At the expense of saving a few hundred thousand dollars short-term they are risking making multi-million dollar mistakes by not adequately covering leagues, teams, organizations, and by eliminating some of the most proven talent evaluators in the game.” The reality is that the pandemic may have just served as an excuse for belt-tightening that was already on the horizon.

Both the Red Sox and the Tigers have interviewed Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza for their respective managerial vacancies.

This Date in Mets History

The 2000 Mets’ season ended on this day 20 years ago.