Mets designate reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment

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The Mets announced after today’s game that they have designated veteran reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment. Greg Burke will be called up before Friday’s game to take his place in the bullpen.

Signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal over the winter, Lyon owns a 4.98 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings over 37 appearances this season. The 33-year-old right-hander has really struggled recently, allowing nine runs on 14 hits and seven walks over his last seven appearances. He gave up an RBI single to Martin Prado today in an eventual loss to the Diamondbacks.

Lyon had a 3.12 ERA less than one month ago and posted a 3.10 ERA in 67 appearances last season between the Astros and Blue Jays, so while the Mets are ready to turn the page, he should resurface somewhere fairly quickly.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: