Morning Briefing: Wild Card Game Number Two!

Good morning Mets fans! Tonight the New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game. Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees, and Liam Hendriks will take the mound for the A’s.

Hendriks has largely been used as a reliever this season, and the Athletics plan on utilizing their bullpen to get through the one-game playoff. The winner of the game will take on the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

Last night, the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs by a score of 2-1 at Wrigley Field in a thrilling 13 inning NL Wild Card Game to advance to the NLDS to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Latest Mets News

Matt Ehalt of The Record asked Athletics’ reliever Jeurys Familia if he has considered a reunion with the Mets. Familia responded with a political answer, saying that his focus is on the Wild Card game.

Jeurys Familia, talking to SNY, reflects on his first encounter with David Wright upon getting called up to the Mets.

In the wake of David Wright’s retirement, Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that Jacob deGrom wants to be the next face of the Mets.

Latest MLB News

Major League Baseball released a new promotion for the postseason that takes a step away from some of the supposed unwritten rules of baseball.

The Minnesota Twins announced that Paul Molitor will not return as manager. Molitor, the 2017 American League manager of the year, was 305-343 in four seasons with the club.

Jayson Stark of The Athletic explored the numbers that defined the 2018 baseball season. He takes a look at increasing shifts, decreasing balls in play, and increasing use of relievers.

Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners will join the team’s roster for the series in Japan to open the 2019 season. Seattle and Oakland can carry 28-man rosters in Japan, and Ichiro will take one of those spots for the Mariners.

Zach Buchanan of The Athletic writes about Torey Lovullo, the Arizona manager who thinks he could have turned the Diamondbacks’ season around.

Latest NL East News

The Atlanta Braves announced that Mike Foltynewicz will start game 1 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles.

Per Mark Bowman of, Braves manager Brian Snitker said it is doubtful that shortstop Dansby Swanson will be available for the NLDS.

Todd Zolecki of writes about the Phillies collapse, including comments from Phillies president Andy MacPhail.

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle was named the 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award winner.

Mark Zuckerman of MASN sports writes about Bryce Harper’s free agency.

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal writes about ex-Marlins who are now playing key roles in the 2018 postseason.

Latest on MMO

Tim Ryder explores the details of the Mets’ search for a new General Manager.

John Sheridan takes a look at the former Mets who are making an impact in the 2018 postseason.

Jack Ramsey asks five important questions that will shape the Mets offseason.

Richard Heaton argues that the Mets’ struggles to support Jacob deGrom help the ace’s MVP candidacy.

This Day in Mets History

2002: The Mets fire manager Bobby Valentine.

2004: In their final game before moving to Washington, D.C., the Montreal Expos lose to the Mets 8-1 at Shea Stadium.

2015: Max Scherzer twirls a no-hitter against the Mets in the second-to-last game of the season.

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Ryan Kolakowski is a senior at the University of Notre Dame where he studies Economics with a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. Ryan grew up near Atlanta, Georgia, and his dad brought him to the ballpark whenever the Mets were in town to play the Braves. For more information about Ryan, follow him on Twitter @Ryan_Kolakowski.