Morning Briefing: Yanks, Nats Playing a Game of Catch Up

Two playoffs games will be on today as the Washington Nationals send Gio Gonzalez to the mound to face Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers, meanwhile, will send Rich Hill to the mound to face Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both games air on TBS with the first game at 5:30 p.m. and the latter at 9:00 p.m.

Last night, all eight of the remaining teams played. The first game of the day was between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox in which the Astros won 8-2. The Astros started the scoring early on a Carlos Correa two-run homer and never looked back. The series will head to Boston on Sunday with the Astros leading the series two games to none.

The next game was between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. The Yankees bats came alive against Corey Kluber as they scored six runs in 2 2/3 IP to start the game.

Nonetheless, Cleveland came roaring back and eventually tied the game at eight after a Francisco Lindor grand slam and a home run from former Met Jay Bruce to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. The Indians walked-off in the 13th inning on a Yan Gomes RBI single to win 9-8 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Game Three will be on Sunday in Boston.

In the third game of the night, Stephen Strasburg carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before allowing two runs on RBI singles by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs scored again in the eighth on their way to a 3-0 victory in Game 1 of the series.

In the final game of the night, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5. Justin Turner led the way with a three-run shot in the first inning and five RBIs on the night. The Diamondbacks managed to get four home runs as a team against Clayton Kershaw, but it proved to not be enough in Game 1.

Latest Mets News 

The Mets hired Tony DeFrancesco as the new manager of the Las Vegas 51s. Pedro Lopez will be re-assigned within the organization.

Bartolo Colon has indicated that he is interested in pitching one more season according to Jon Heyman.

Sandy Alomar, Jr. is being strongly considered to get an interview for Mets manager, according to Mike Puma.

Latest NL East and MLB News 

The Washington Nationals suspended assistant hitting coach, Jacque Jones, as they start an investigation according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Jose Lambiet of the Miami Herald reports that the autopsy photos of the Jose Fernandez boat crash are headed to court in a lawsuit.

The MLB investigation of the Atlanta Braves remains open, according to Jeff Passan.

Paul Hagan of MLB.com talks about the flexibility Andy MacPhail will have this off-season with the Phillies.

Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Yankees will be under the luxury tax next season.

Latest on MMO 

Mathew Brownstein interviews former MLB pitcher, Tommy John.

Michael Mayer discusses the state of the Mets farm system.

He also delves into the Pedro Lopez situation that unfolded over the course of the season.

Logan Barer got the MMO staff’s opinions on who will win the AL CY Young Award this season.

This Day in Mets History 

2006: The Mets complete a sweep of the Dodgers in the NLDS with a 9-5 victory.

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I am a sophomore at SUNY Cortland majoring in Sport Management. I have been a big Mets fan since 2007 and David Wright has and always will be my favorite player. Also, I do a podcast with one of my friends called Mets on Campus which you can find on theredbeat.com. Follow me on Twitter @JoshFinkMets