All eyes are on the Mets’ David Wright as he approaches what is likely to be the final game of his 13-year career this weekend. While the longtime third baseman was activated from the 60-day disabled list and slated to appear against the Braves earlier in the week, he was ultimately held out of the lineup as assistant GM John Ricco told reporters the team had no intention of using the ailing infielder in any close game that might affect the Braves’ push for home field advantage in the playoffs. With no similar agenda underscoring the club’s series against the Marlins, however, Wright was invited to pinch-hit on Friday, marking his first at-bat in the majors since May 27, 2016.
Wright’s long-awaited opportunity arrived at the top of the fifth inning, though MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo noted that the veteran had already suited up with helmet and bat at the ready well before his turn in the lineup. With the roar of the crowd at his back, he saw just one pitch from the Marlins’ José Ureña — a 96.1-MPH fastball that dipped toward the bottom of the zone — and promptly chopped it out to third for a groundout.
The crowd continued their standing ovation for Wright as he returned to the dugout, where he was greeted by Jose Reyes and the rest of his teammates. After working his way back from multiple neck, shoulder, and back issues over the last two and a half years (all of which fed into his protracted 854-day absence from the majors), he was all smiles.
Wright will take the field again on Saturday, where he’s scheduled to start at third base and play through two at-bats against Miami rookie right-hander Trevor Richards. He’s not expected to make an appearance during the team’s final game of the season on Sunday.
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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