The Braves called the union about last night’s late start

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The Mets may have too — the game started nearly four hours after the scheduled game time and the teams play a day-night doubleheader today —  but Mark Bowman reports from the Braves’ side of things:

 

Bowman’s response to Twitter inquirers revealed that the Braves weren’t complaining as much as they were trying to figure out what the late start and late finish meant for today’s early-starting doubleheader. I assume that relates to what time they have to report to the park, whether they have to take BP, media availability and all of that.

I imagine that if there were complaints, however, they were immediately rescinded after Freddie Freeman hit that walkoff homer.

Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

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The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.

Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.

While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.