Morning Briefing: The National League Champion Series Begins

Good morning Mets fans! After a two-day hiatus, playoff baseball is back. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will open up the NLCS tonight at Miller Park. Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21 ERA) takes the hill for the Brew Crew and will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA). The game will be broadcast on FS1 and will begin at 8:09 p.m. EDT.

Latest Mets News

The Mets have asked permission to interview Dodgers vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes according to Matt Ehalt of The Record.

In his “Inside Baseball MLB Notes,” Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports mentioned that the Mets’ front office is currently split on Mickey Callaway as manager and therefore it should be expected that he will have a short leash in 2019.

Former Met Jordany Valdespin was named Atlantic League Player of the Year as a member of the Long Island Ducks.

Former Met Josh Smoker is on the move again as he will be heading to the Dodgers organization on a minor league contract after being released by the Detroit Tigers in September according to MMO/MMN‘s own Jacob Resnick.

Latest MLB News

Heyman also wrote about New York Yankees insiders who believe that Luis Severino was tipping his pitches during the Boston Red Sox 16-1 victory over the Yankees.

Ten Jewish-American baseball players will begin the process of becoming Israeli citizens so they can compete for Team Israel in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with Adam Wainwright for 2019. He will be entering his 15th year with the team which ties Bob Forsch for third-most as a Cardinals pitcher.

The San Francisco Giants asked the Brewers for permission to talk to general manager David Sterns about their vacant position for president of baseball operations. However, owner Mark Attanasio denied the request according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Giants are also interviewing Kim Ng for their vacant general manager position according to MLB.com.

Latest NL East News

Free agent Wilson Ramos wants to play everyday with whatever team he plays for in 2019. That makes him unlikely to return to the Philadelphia Phillies according to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that this offseason is a chance for the Atlanta Braves to join the upper-class teams in baseball.

Outfield prospect Austin Dean and right-hander Nick Neidert were named the Miami Marlins’ Minor League Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year by MLB Pipeline.

Latest on MMO/MMN

John Sheridan covered the news about Jarred Kelenic, Mark Vientos and Shervyen Newton all being named to Baseball America’s Top 20 Appalachian League Prospects list.

Sheridan also covered the news about Peter Alonso and David Peterson being named the Mets’ Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year by MLB Pipeline.

Matt Musico shared an encouraging stat for each Met from the 2018 season.

Jack Ramsey took a closer look at Gary LaRocque who is one of the Mets’ general manager candidates.

Jill Venditti wrote a report card on Robert Gsellman‘s 2018 campaign.

Michael Mayer wrote a piece on why the Wilpons’ views and control are hurting the Mets’ general manager search.

This Day in Mets History

1969: The Mets took Game 2 of the World Series 2-1 against the Baltimore Orioles behind a ninth-inning RBI single from Al Weis and 8 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball from Jerry Koosman.

1986: In Game 4 of the NLCS, the Mets fell 3-1 to the Houston Astros.

1999: The Mets were defeated 4-2 by the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS. The Mets were limited to one run over seven innings by Greg Maddux.

2000: In Game 2 of the NLCS, the Mets beat the Cardinals by a score of 6-5. Al Leiter delivered a quality start and Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Edgardo AlfonzoBenny Agbayani and Jay Payton all drove in runs.

2006: The Mets beat the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS 2-0 as Tom Glavine went seven shutout innings and Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

2015: In Game 3 of the NLDS, the Mets beat the Dodgers in 13-7 thanks an offensive explosion that involved 13 hits, two walks and 13 runs.

Birthdays: Jose Valentin turns 49 and Sid Fernandez turns 56.

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.