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Mets released Adrián González because he slumped briefly

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets GM Sandy Alderson said his team released first baseman Adrián González because he slumped over a period of about two weeks. Alderson said, “The last 15 games, his OPS was right about .500, which is not great. Overall, below .700. Also not great.”

Indeed, Gonzalez went 3-for-28 with a double in nine games between May 31 and June 10, after which he was released. On the season, he hit .237/.299/.373 over 187 plate appearances. It’s not great, and certainly defensible that the Mets would want a better player with his roster spot.

What is weird, however, is using that reasoning to justify getting rid of a player when the club has gone out of its way to keep José Reyes rostered. Reyes is batting .149/.213/.203 on the season, which is beyond not great. In fact, it’s downright awful. The Mets, however, want to give Reyes a proper sendoff — ideally giving him a retirement news conference. It’s understandable why a team would want to give a longtime productive player a nice wave goodbye, but during the offseason prior to the 2016 season, Reyes was arrested for allegedly grabbing his wife by the throat and shoving her into a sliding glass door in their hotel room. The charges were dropped but Reyes was still suspended for the first 51 games of the 2016 season without pay.

If González’s level of unproductivity is grounds for release, it makes one wonder why the Mets are going out of their way to keep Reyes around given his troublesome history off the field and his incredible lack of productivity on the field this season. Don’t forget, Reyes won the NL batting title in 2011. The Mets then let him walk into free agency, eventually signing with the Marlins. Loyalty hasn’t exactly been the most common thread in the relationship between Reyes and the Mets.

The Brewers aren’t going to give up the National League pennant easily

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The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.

In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.

Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.

The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.