R.A. Dickey won last night’s game with a heavy heart

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R.A. Dickey pitched the Blue Jays to victory over the Mets last night, working around a lot of walks, but getting the outs when he needed to and holding the Mets’ bats at bay.

It was an even stronger performance than you may realize. From Shi Davidi:

The Toronto Blue Jays will place R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list and recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki from triple-A Buffalo on Friday, industry sources told Sportsnet.

Dickey’s father died Tuesday night, but he still wanted to make his scheduled start Thursday, when he threw 7.1 innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 victory over the New York Mets.

How anyone can perform under such circumstances is beyond me. That R.A. Dickey did so and did so so well is a testament to his mental strength.

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.