Randy Winn, Michael Young could reach postseason for first time

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The list of longest-serving active players without a playoff appearance appears due for a shakeup this year. Here are the leaders in regular-season games played without a postseason appearance:
1. Randy Winn (Cardinals) – 1,686 games
2. Michael Young (Rangers) – 1,473 games
3. Aubrey Huff (Giants) – 1,444 games
4. Mike Sweeney (Phillies) – 1,442 games
5. Adam Dunn (Nationals) – 1,415 games
6. Vernon Wells (Blue Jays) – 1,358 games
With the season three-quarters over, No. 2 looks like a lock to play into October and the rest of the top four have opportunities. Winn, Huff and Sweeney are all currently on second-place teams in the National League. The Phillies and Giants are practically tied for the wild card, and both the Phillies and Cardinals are still in pretty good position to win their divisions.
Of course, it’s doubtful that all four will make it and leave Dunn as the new top player on the list. But it’s not impossible.
Regardless, with eight teams reaching the postseason these days, it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to break Ernie Banks’ all-time record. In 19 seasons, he played in 2,528 games without ever appearing in the postseason. Next on the list are Luke Appling (2,422), Mickey Vernon (2,409) and Buddy Bell (2,405).

Jon Niese leaves start with knee pain

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.

Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.

Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.

Mark Trumbo’s home run streak ends

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-6. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.

Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.

But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.