Yet more details concerning the Matt Harvey saga. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets sent two members of the club’s security team to check up on Harvey at his Manhattan apartment on Saturday. Harvey had golfed that morning, then drove home and came down with a headache. He texted pitching coach Dan Warthen, informing him he would not be showing up at Citi Field. Because Harvey had been late several times previously, and because Harvey missed the 3 PM cutoff to take the day off, the club decided to suspend him for three games. Harvey reportedly answered the door in his pajamas and was quizzed about what he was doing with his time.
According to those close to him, Harvey feels that the team is singling him out and his suspension was in part motivated by the front office’s soured mood following the Noah Syndergaard saga. (Syndergaard refused to undergo an MRI and then suffered a serious injury that will sideline him for several months.)
Harvey is considering filing a grievance with the Mets over his three-game suspension. The players’ union will have the final say on whether it goes through. For now, Harvey is expected to return to the mound on Friday in Milwaukee so he can avoid a “hostile environment” in New York.
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 fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
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.
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
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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