The Brewers and Mets battled for 18 long innings on Saturday night, setting an all-time record for the longest game (by innings) in Miller Park history. For the majority of the game’s five-hour, 22-minute runtime, they traded goose eggs on the scoreboard — thanks to eight consecutive scoreless innings from the Mets’ bullpen, and 14 from the Brewers’ — until Ryan Braun won it in the bottom of the 18th with a walk-off two-run single that just slipped between Pete Alonso and Robinson Canó:
The hit not only propelled the Brewers to a hard-earned victory, but represented a career high for Braun as well. It was his sixth hit of the night, preceded by base hits in the fourth, sixth, and ninth, and two doubles in the 14th and 17th. (Funnily enough, it was also a historic night for the Miller Park racing sausages, who came out to entertain the remaining members of the 39,565-person crowd on three separate occasions.)
While both a triple and home run evaded him for the cycle, he’s the first MLB player to collect six hits in a single game since his teammate and former NL MVP, Christian Yelich, did so in a 10-inning win for the Brewers last August. According to Baseball Reference, Braun hadn’t delivered as many as five hits in a game since 2010.
After an exhausting night of weird baseball — during which, it should be said, both teams depleted their benches of reserve players — the Brewers and Mets will go toe-to-toe again on Sunday for the series finale. Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies is currently positioned to go for the sweep against lefty Jason Vargas at 2:10 PM EDT.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.