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Mets Morning News: Playoffs march on

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

MLB: OCT 12 NLDS - Game 3 - Dodgers at Mets Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Anthony DiComo explored five questions facing the Mets this offseason.

Pat Ragazzo examined one key ingredient that was missing from the 2021 Mets.

Deesha Thosar believes the Mets would have benefited from a veteran manager last season.

Tim Britton tried to imagine what Marcus Stroman’s free agent market might look like.

Around the National League East

The Braves took a 2-1 series lead after blanking the Brewers 3-0. Joc Pederson hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run for all the offense on either side.

Pederson can thank former Cubs teammate Anthony Rizzo for his Game 3 heroics.

Atlanta pitchers have now tossed 19 consecutive shutout innings against Milwaukee.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provided five takeaways from the Braves’ Game 3 victory.

Kevin Long is moving within the division, as the former Mets hitting coach will leave the Nationals and join Joe Girardi’s staff in Philadelphia. Long was on Girardi’s staff when he was the Yankees manager. He previously coached Bryce Harper when he was on Washington.

The Phillies are also having conversations about having Bobby Dickerson return as their infield coach.

After getting off to a rough start with his new club, Josh Bell proved to be the offensive player that Washington expected.

Around Major League Baseball

MLB Trade Rumors projected what each arbitration-eligible player will make this winter.

It remains unclear whether Aaron Boone will return as Yankees skipper next season, with his contract expiring after the World Series. If he does leave the Bronx, the Padres could look to hire him as their next manager.

The Red Sox bounced the Rays from the playoffs with a 6-5 walk-off win in Game 4 of the ALDS. After scoring five runs in the third but letting Tampa Bay back into the game, Kiké Hernandez won it with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. They are the first team to advance in the 2021 postseason.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com looked at five reasons for Boston beating Tampa Bay in the ALDS.

Molly Burkhardt tried to determine who Boston should be rooting for between Chicago and Houston.

Speaking of which, the Astros will have to wait until today to try and clinch, as their game against the White Sox was rained out. They lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

The Giants shut out the Dodgers 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. They will try to advance tonight.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

I reviewed the rotation’s performance during the 2021 season.

Episode 137 of From Complex to Queens is here for your listening pleasure.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets dismantled the Dodgers 13-7 in the first postseason game in Citi Field history, which occured on this date in 2015. The big blast was a three-run shot off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning, which gave New York a 10-3 lead and provided us with one of the most epic bat flips ever.