Adam Wainwright called Matt Adams’ homer

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The reason I got a bit miffed at the Clayton Kershaw bashing a couple of posts ago is that, to some degree, engaging in that stuff takes away from what was really a fantastic baseball moment. Well, fantastic if you’re not a Dodgers fan anyway. I’d guess that 99 out of 100 times Kershaw strikes out a lefty in that situation and that 99 out of 100 times Matt Adams does something short of hit a homer off a tough lefty in that situation.

But it happened and it was fantastic and improbable. It had nothing to do with character or guts or any of that. At least the lack of them on Kershaw’s part; Adams had to keep a positive outlook to overcome the odds of that particular matchup, one assumes. Mostly it was just unpredictable.

Or was it? From Jenifer Langosch at MLB.com, who sets the scene as Adam Wainwright and Matt Carpenter watched that Adams-Kershaw at bat unfold:

Two singles, both just out of the reach of the Dodgers’ middle infielders, brought Matt Adams to the plate, and after a first-pitch strike, Wainwright turned to his right: “If he throws a curveball for a strike right now,” he told Carpenter, “he’s going to hit it out of the park.”

It was the perfect setup to the latest October magic under the shadow of the Gateway Arch.

Adams can hit a curve ball. And in that situation, he had to assume it was coming. But a lot of people assume a Kershaw curve is coming in that situation and still can’t do anything with it. That Adams did was pretty awesome. That Wainwright predicted it was a different kind of awesome.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.