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Mets Morning News: Postseason plays on while Mets wait for offseason

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

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Meet the Mets

Deesha Thosar of the Daily News examined the outlook on the four biggest free agent Mets this winter—Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Javier Báez.

Jay Horwitz spoke to former Mets pitcher Bobby Jones about his clutch one-hit shutout to help send the Mets to the NLCS in 2000.

Andy Martino of SNY.tv explored the question of whether Sandy Alderson’s presence in the organization is making it more difficult for the team to attract front office talent.

Newsday’s Tim Healey graded the 2021 performances of the different pitchers on the Mets.

Tim Britton of the Athletic offered a primer on the Mets’ payroll situation heading into the offseason.

Around the National League East

A Joc Pederson solo homer was the only run the Braves were able to put across the board in their first postseason game of the year, as they fell to the Brewers 2-1 in Game 1 of the NLDS.

The Phillies settled a legal dispute that had previously put the future of the Phillie Phanatic in jeopardy.

Philadelphia could potentially be in the mix for at least one of the big shortstop free agents on the open market this winter.

Fish Stripes offered five possible catching and bullpen acquisitions the Marlins could realistically make this offseason.

Around Major League Baseball

A five-run seventh inning gave the Astros a comfortable lead in Game 2 of the ALDS, and they went on to defeat the White Sox and secure a 2-0 advantage in the series.

The Red Sox put on an offensive display, socking five homers and putting 14 runs on the board to defeat the Rays and tie their series at one game apiece.

Logan Webb pitched 7.2 dazzling shutout innings, and the Giants got homers from Buster Posey, Kris Bryant, and Brandon Crawford to win Game 1 of their series against the Dodgers 4-0.

The Brewers are going to be without lefty reliever Brent Suter in the NLDS, as he was left off the roster due to an oblique strain.

The American and National League finalists for the Hank Aaron award were announced yesterday.

Following an early postseason exit, the Yankees will need to find a way to make some necessary adjustments despite an overall lack of flexibility.

Clayton Kershaw indicated that he expects to be back on the mound in time for spring training.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

David Capobianco discussed how stressful watching Jacob deGrom has been in spite of—and in some ways, because of—his utter dominance the past couple years.

Joe Sokolowski provided the final edition of This Week in Mets Quotes for the 2021 Mets.

This Date in Mets History

Todd Pratt was the unlikely hero who sent the Mets to the NLCS with a walk-off, series clinching homer against the Diamondbacks on this date in 1999.