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Mets’ offense wakes up, takes down the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series

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A pair of early two-run home runs, a solid outing by Noah Syndergaard, and a middle-innings offensive explosion allowed the Mets to finally take a game from the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Citi Field, winning by a 9-3 margin. Falling down zero games to three in the best-of-seven series would have been disastrous for the Mets, needless to say.

Starter Noah Sydnergaard was shaky early, allowing two hits that led to a run in the first inning, then serving up four hits that led to two runs in the second. He settled down from there, however, retiring 12 batters at one point before he was done after six innings. He finished having allowed the three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the Mets watched David Wright crank out a two-run home run to left field in the first and Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot of his own in the third inning, the latter of which gave them a lead they would not relinquish. The Mets tacked on one more run against Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning on two singles and a double, chasing the right-hander with one out in the frame. Lefty reliever Danny Duffy escaped the inning without further damage, so Ventura was on the hook for five runs on seven hits and no walks with one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.

The Mets got to the Royals’ bullpen in the sixth inning, scoring four times against lefty Franklin Morales and right-hander Kelvin Herrera. The duo yielded three singles, a walk, a hit batsman, and Morales made a mistake on a comebacker that didn’t result in an out, helping the Mets ultimately pad their lead to 9-3.

Addison Reed took over for Syndergaard in the seventh inning and retired the Royals in 1-2-3 fashion. Tyler Clippard handled the eighth, working a 1-2-3 frame of his own. Stunningly, Mets manager Terry Collins opted to use closer Jeurys Familia to protect a six-run lead in the ninth inning. The Mets, if they play all seven games in the World Series, would have to complete five games in the span of six days, so opting for another day of rest for Familia might not have been the worst idea. Nevertheless, Familia got through the inning easily, getting Salvador Perez to ground out, Alex Gordon to strike out, and pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales to ground out to end the game.

The World Series, now 2-1 in the Royals’ favor, continues on Saturday night with Game 4, starting at 8 PM EDT. The Royals will start right-hander Chris Young and the Mets will start lefty Steven Matz.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.