What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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The Mets thought they’d have a reprieve, finishing out the regular season with three games against the Braves and seven against the Phillies. But, thanks to a heroic catch by Ender Inciarte to end Wednesday night’s game, the Mets were swept by the Braves and now stumble into a four-game set with the Phillies.

The National League Wild Card race currently features a three-way tie between the Mets, Giants, and Cardinals, each standing at 80-72. The Cardinals have Thursday off while the Giants will play the Padres.

Seth Lugo gets the start for the Mets at Citi Field in a 7:10 PM EDT matchup against the Phillies’ Adam Morgan. Lugo, 26, has been stunningly effective since moving into the starting rotation. Over six starts, the right-hander has a 2.21 ERA with a 23/10 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Boston Red Sox (David Price) @ Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Josh Collmenter) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Urena), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Jason Vargas) @ Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Cessa) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ New York Mets (Seth Lugo), 7:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT [Game Two]

Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson), 8:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brett Anderson), 10:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich), 10:10 PM EDT

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.