For Cubs, it looks like 2015 all over again as Dodgers ready the brooms in NLCS

Just one defeat away from suffering the same fate the pre-World Series Cubs did two years ago, the similarities are most definitely present, chiefly in that the bats have gone completely silent against an elite pitching staff. Of course you'll remember that four-game set with the New York Mets, when a young starting rotation looked like it was entering a decade-long stretch of dominance by carving up the then-upstart Cubs. Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom combined to limit the Cubs to five runs over 20.1 innings in the first three games of that series.

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This post was written by NBC Sports Chicago on October 18, 2017 at 1:40 am

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Robin Ventura not interested in managing

The parade of Mets managerial candidates has included a number of familiar faces, but perhaps none more familiar than Joe McEwing, who spent five years in Queens as a bench player. While fans' affection for McEwing often outpaced his skill on the field, he has spent the years since his 2008 retirement in a variety of coaching roles with the White Sox organization, and his good reputation has earned him an interview with the Mets this week. McEwing was in many ways the quintessential utility player. In his five seasons with the Mets, "Super Joe" saw time at every position except pitcher and catcher. He eked out a league average batting line in only one season, but was a solid defender and was

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This post was written by SNY on October 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm

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Mets to interview Alex Cora

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are interviewing Astros coach Alex Cora wither today or tomorrow. Cora, of course, is in New York as the Astros face the Yankees in the ALCS. Cora is in demand, as Ken Rosenthal reports that he is the “top candidate” for the Red Sox job as well.

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This post was written by NBC Sports on October 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

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Jerry Blevins hopes to be back in 2018, wants Mets to re-sign Addison Reed

Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins hopes to be back with the Mets next season. The Mets have the option to bring Blevins back for one year at $7 million or decline the option and let him become a free agent. "I would love to come back to New York," Blevins recently told MMO's Matthew Brownstein. "I feel like we have a lot to prove and I think we'll play that underdog role a lot better than we do playing the favorites. Everybody kind of needs a chip on their shoulder. ... I hope to be a part of it." Blevins believes in the team's current roster, but told Brownstein he would like the Mets to add at least one more reliable arm to the back of the bullpen. "I'd like to see them maybe go out and sign

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This post was written by SNY on October 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

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Spine doctor believes in David Wright’s recovery and chances of playing again

Mets 3B David Wright recently underwent a laminotomy procedure in Los Angeles to help reduce pain in his lower back. The minimally invasive procedure, which is designed to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve, should greatly reduce his pain and improve his chances of getting back on the field, Dr. Andrew Hecht recently told Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com. According to Hecht, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of spine surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, what Wright had done is a straightforward procedure and has a high success rate. "We see this quite a bit in athletes and many of them have no symptoms at all, but occasionally you see someone symptomatic, like David Wright," Dr. Hecht explained to Mastracco.

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This post was written by SNY on October 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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Girardi and Red Sox impact manager search, as Mets continue interviews

The Mets have started interviewing candidates to be their next manager, a source with knowledge of the process recently told Newsday's Marc Carig. In the days before and after the season, I'm told Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his staff internally reviewed a list of up to 15 potential candidates. My understanding is, after pre-screening each person, talking about them with people outside the organization and gauging interest, that list has been whittled down to between six and 10 viable options, all of whom will have been formally interviewed before the end of next week. Alderson's list of potential candidates reportedly includes current hitting coach Kevin Long, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former

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This post was written by SNY on October 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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Mets expected to consider Mickey Callaway for manager

When Terry Collins's position officially opened, it was no surprise that Bob Geren's name was one of the first mentioned. With past managing experience and prior ties to the team, he is a classic Sandy Alderson managerial candidate, though whether he will be their final choice remains to be seen. While his career lacked the longevity of Alex Cora's, Geren saw his share of playing time, spending four years catching for the Yankees, and one more for San Diego. After retiring at age 32, he took on managing roles for Red Sox minor league teams, before moving over to the Athletics organization in similar roles. It was in Oakland that he got his first shot at the major leagues, first as bullpen coach

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This post was written by SNY on October 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

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PHT Morning Skate: Wings fan faces lifetime ban from arena for throwing octopus on ice

–Yesterday, we told you about the Flames snapping their 25-game losing skid in Anaheim. Well, the Flames players are giving the credit to a voodoo figurine from the movie “Major League”. –New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and his girlfriend were in attendance at the Rangers-Blues game in New York last night, and the Fox Sports camera caught them in an awkward moment.

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This post was written by NBC Sports on October 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

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New York Mets buying Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Mets are buying the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs as they work toward centering more of their minor league baseball operations in their home state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal Monday, calling it ''a home run that

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This post was written by The Associated Press on October 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

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Mets to buy Syracuse Chiefs, move Triple-A team from Las Vegas to Syracuse

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Terry Collins was in the first days of his final chance when he agreed to meet me at a Bob Evans restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It was a brisk February morning in 2011, and I was assigned to write a feature about the new manager. After several losing seasons, the Mets were at the beginning of a rebuilding process -- and everyone knew that Collins would be long gone by the time they started winning again, if not sooner. He was 61, had flamed out spectacularly in two previous jobs, and had a reputation as one of the most tightly wound old-schooler in the game. "There's no way he makes it through the season," said one of the other writers after his introductory

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This post was written by SNY on October 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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