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The Mets have reached out to Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening

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Jon Heyman of FanRag reports that the New York Mets have reached out to former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus regarding their managerial opening. Heyamn says that Ausmus is “on the radar” of the Mets and that the two sides have had one conversation thus far.

On the one hand I can see Ausmus fitting in with the Mets as, reportedly, Sandy Alderson’s beef with Terry Collins was that he managed by his gut and didn’t carry out the front office vision the way Alderson would’ve liked. Ausmus, despite his poor showing in Detroit in the past couple of years, is more of an intellectual type and always seemed like a good company man in Detroit. His m.o. back when he was a backup catcher toward the end of his career was to be hyper-prepared, compiling reports on opposing hitters and helping his teammates prepare, almost like an assistant coach. That sort of left-brained approach likewise translates better to what Alderson expects from a manager.

At the same time, Ausmus was given a veteran, recently-contending team with the Tigers and often seemed smaller than the task at hand. When times were tough he seemed like a deer in the headlights, and that was under the relatively minor pressure of the Detroit media. How will he handle a team that, while it struggled in 2017, is still laden with veterans and expectations, all cast against the New York media?

I dunno. I think Ausmus probably deserves another shot at some point. One where he’s grown up with the team rather than one in which he’s coming in following the departure of an old guy and is expected to continue a pattern of recent success, however interrupted it has been.  Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but the Mets’ situation does not seem well-suited for him, or him for it.

José Ramirez’s 17-pitch at-bat kickstarts Indians’ five-run comeback in ninth inning

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With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.

Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.

After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.