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Mets punt Sunday’s game against the Braves, win anyway

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The Mets appeared to be punting Sunday’s series finale against the Braves at Turner Field, as Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud, and David Wright were all held out of the starting lineup for some well-deserved rest. Then they kicked away a 4-3 lead, allowing a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth, falling behind 7-4.

But the Mets, one of the better second-half storylines, didn’t die. With two outs in the top of the ninth, second baseman Daniel Murphy tied the game back up at 7-7, blasting a three-run home run to right-center field off of reliever Ryan Kelly.

Then the Braves, one of the most disappointing teams of the second half, did what they did best: they lost. In the top of the 10th, reliever Edwin Jackson got two quick outs, but allowed a walk and a single. Kevin Plawecki then ripped a ground ball to Hector Olivera, who appeared to have the final out of the inning wrapped up… but he threw wide to second base. The safe call was upheld upon review and the Mets took an 8-7 lead. Jackson then walked Juan Lagares to load the bases, and followed up with a walk to Curtis Granderson to force in a run. Danny Burawa relieved Jackson, but walked the first batter he faced to force in yet another run. Mets reliever Addison Reed entered the game in the bottom half of the 10th and had a harmless frame to get the save.

The Mets now have 82 wins on the season, officially securing their first winning season since 2008. They remain 9.5 games ahead of the Nationals for first place in the NL East.

Here’s video of Olivera’s throw, which was reviewed in the 10th:

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Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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