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Good morning baseball fans. You had the opportunity to watch some Halloween baseball last night, as the Royals topped the Mets 5-3 in game four of the World Series. Amazin Avenue is calling it a horror show for the Mets, who received a pair of home runs from Michael Conforto.
To add insult to injury, the Mets teased fans with some hope in the ninth inning after Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out. Lucas Duda then came to the plate as the tying run and hit a soft flare to Mike Moustakas at third. Cespedes's head was apparently in the clouds as he was caught off of first and doubled up to end the game.
Noah Syndergaard made a statement by throwing a pitch up and in to Alcides Escobar on Friday night. Royal Review's does not believe Syndergaard announced his presence.
Alcides Escobar got knocked down and eventually struck out on what was really a brilliant sequence of pitches by Syndergaard. However, Ben Zobrist, the very next hitter, drilled a pitch some 400 feet for a double, likely a home run in many ballparks. Lorenzo Cain bounced a chopper for an infield single. Eric Hosmer then reached on a ball that should have been a double play but was misplayed in part by Noah Syndergaard being in the way of the relay throw. If anything, in the first inning, the Royals announced their presence with authority. "You got a 100 mph fastball? Great. We're still gonna hit you."
Here is a link to all of the available free agents this winter.
Washington was likely hoping Wilson Ramos would have been more productive in 2015, but regardless is still not expected to pursue Matt Wieters.
Kansas City has reportedly come to terms with the fact they will not have a realistic chance of re-sign Johnny Cueto. As a result, the club will be searching for pitching this winter.
Mike Maddux will not return as Texas' pitching coach but have yet to start the interview process for their next instructor.
Atlanta signed Chris Volstad, who could compete for a rotation spot this spring.
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This Day in Baseball History: On this day in 2000, Jim Tracy is hired as the Dodgers' manager.