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Mets release Adrian Gonzalez, call up Dominic Smith

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The New York Mets released veteran Adrian Gonzalez after last night’s 2-0 victory over the Yankees. They will call up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday’s game in Atlanta.

Gonzalez, 36, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night and ends his Mets tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers in 54 games. The five-time All-Star did not cost the Mets much — he was being paid the minimum this season — but he simply wasn’t getting the job done and it made no sense for the Mets to keep running him out there.

Smith, 22, is hitting was batting .260/.343/.370 with two homers and 25 RBI at Las Vegas. That’s not world-beating — and he struggled in his time in New York last year — but the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2013 at least has upside and, with the Mets apparently not going anyplace this year, it’s time to see what he can do with an everyday job. At least if they don’t stick Jay Bruce at first base and move their outfield parts around once Yoenis Cespedes comes back.

In another move, the Mets designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment and called up utilityman Ty Kelly from Triple-A as well.

New York’s win over the Yankees last night was a nice little pick-me-up after a terrible skid. The’ll now be hoping that the roster shakeup will provide a nice little reboot before a ten-game road trip.

Astros claim AL pennant with walk-off win against the Yankees

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Following a rollercoaster performance on Saturday, the Astros clinched the American League Championship Series with a decisive 6-4 walk-off win against the Yankees, claiming their second AL pennant and earning a well-deserved entrance to the World Series.

Both clubs decided to preserve possible Game 7 starters Luis Severino and Gerrit Cole, electing to have a “bullpen day” for a pivotal Game 6. Chad Green took the mound for the Yankees, tossing one inning before handing the ball off to a long line of relievers, while Brad Peacock‘s rare playoff start was capped at 1 2/3 innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that made it the first postseason game since 1999 in which neither starting pitcher lasted two innings or longer.

All told, the two clubs utilized a total of 13 pitchers to make it through nine innings. The Astros lost Ryan Pressly to a worrisome knee injury in the third, but were able to lean on José Urquidy for 2 2/3 innings of one-run, five-strikeout ball. Although Yankees’ bullpen fought back in every inning, they had considerable difficulty recovering from Yuli Gurriel‘s three-run homer off of Green in the bottom of the first:

Still, New York managed to get in a couple of knocks as well: first, with Gary Sanchez‘s RBI single in the second inning, then with Gio Urshela‘s 395-foot blast in the fourth inning — the second of his postseason career to date. That wasn’t enough to close the gap, however, and Alex Bregman‘s productive groundout in the sixth helped cushion the Astros’ lead as they headed toward the final few innings of the series.

That lead started to look a little shaky in the ninth. Only three outs away from a ticket to the World Series, Houston closer Roberto Osuna gave up a leadoff single to Urshela, which was quickly followed by a jaw-dropping, full-count, game-tying two-run shot from DJ LeMahieu that barely cleared the right field fence.

With the threat of extra innings and a potential loss looming, the Astros engineered a last-minute rally to regain the lead and stake their claim for the pennant. With two outs and no runners on, George Springer took a five-pitch walk from Aroldis Chapman. In the next at-bat, Houston pinned their hopes on José Altuve — and he didn’t disappoint, lifting a 2-1 slider out to left field for a 406-foot, two-RBI homer that confirmed the Astros’ series win.

The 2019 World Series will mark the third Fall Classic appearance for the Astros and the first for the Nationals. It all begins on Tuesday night.