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Mets Morning News: The MLB playoff train roll on

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

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Meet the Mets

There were some bright spots in the Mets’ bullpen this season, but there is definitely room for improvement.

Around the National League East

The Braves shut out the Marlins to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS.

After being hurt for so much of his career, Travis d’Arnaud is finally shining on the big stage for Atlanta.

After a terrible season with aging stars, has the Nationals contention window closed?

Around Major League Baseball

The A’s won a thriller over the Astros to stay alive in their series.

The Rays pushed the Yankees to the brink with their second straight win to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Dodgers defeated the Padres in an exciting game that featured a game-saving catch by Cody Bellinger. Bellinger robbed Fernando Tatis Jr. of a go-head home run but things got heated when Manny Machado did not like Brusdar Graterol’s celebration of the play.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona battled health issues during the 2020 season that made him miss some time with the team, but he hopes to return in 2021.

After leaving his last start early win an injury, the Padres took Mike Clevinger off their postseason roster which means he is done for the year.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Amazin’ Avenue is launching a book club and the first book read will be The Captain: a memoir by David Wright and Anthony DiComo.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2000, Bobby J. Jones pitched the game of his life to send San Francisco home after Game 4 of the NLDS. Jones pitched a complete game one-hitter against Barry Bonds and the Giants to help the Mets move on to face the Cardinals.