Friday, October 09, 2015
Here is my latest roster for the 2015 NL Division Series which starts October 9th:
Travis d'Arnaud (R)
Kevin Plawecki (R)
Lucas Duda (L)
Daniel Murphy (L)
Wilmer Flores (R)
Ruben Tejada (R)
Kelly Johnson (L)
David Wright (R)
Juan Uribe looks like he will skipped this round and Nieuwenhuis will replace him.
Michael Conforto (L)
Michael Cuddyer (R)
Curtis Granderson (L)
Juan Lagares (R)
Yoenis Cespedes (R)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L)
Nieuwenhuis replaces Uribe on the roster.
Preview/Matchups: 2015 MLB Postseason - NLDS - Game 1 - Mets at Dodgers - deGrom vs Kershaw - 9:45 PM (EST)
Preview/Matchups: 2015 Postseason - NLDS - Game 1 - Mets at Dodgers - deGrom vs Kershaw - 9:45 PM (EST)NLDS - Game 1 - New York Mets (90-72, 41-40 Road) at LA Dodgers (92-70, 55-26 Home)
Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) vs LAD - Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA)
TV - TBS - Radio - ESPN 1050 AM/98.7 FM - Game Time: 9:45 PM
Clayton Kershaw isn't sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to an NL East title.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace faced a mostly different New York lineup before the July trade deadline. Even veteran Mets infielder David Wright was out at the time.
"There's a lot of guys that I'll be seeing for the first time this season," Kershaw said Thursday. "Definitely a completely different team. Obviously, a lot better than what we faced in July."
The Dodgers aren't the same team that got chased out of the Division Series by St. Louis a year ago. They shipped out Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe (now a Met), and ushered in veterans Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal.
When Kershaw takes the mound for Friday night's opener at Dodger Stadium, he'll be trying to earn just the second postseason win of his career after going 0-4 in his last two series against the Cardinals.
"I definitely remember," he said, "but it's a new team, new season and, hopefully, for me a new outcome."
The Mets won four of seven meetings between the teams, all in that month before Yoenis Cespedes arrived from Detroit in a trade that boosted the Mets' anemic offense. They are in the playoffs for the first time in nine years; the Dodgers are making their third straight appearance for the first time in franchise history.
Kelly Johnson and Uribe joined the Mets shortly before Cespedes, acquisitions manager Terry Collins credited for turning around the team along with the his message to the players: If you hit, you'll play.
"Lucas Duda took off, (Wilmer) Flores took off, Kelly Johnson and Juan kept playing, as well," Collins said. "All of a sudden guys are looking at their jobs saying, `Oh my gosh, I've got to step up here, and they did."
Kershaw will be opposed by Jacob deGrom, last year's NL Rookie of the Year and a converted infielder who is making his playoffs debut. The right-hander isn't about to compare himself to Kershaw, last year's NL MVP and a three-time Cy Young Award winner, except in one area.
"The way he takes the mound, he goes out there and attacks hitters," deGrom said. "I try to do the same thing, not get intimidated by anybody who steps in the box and go out there and make your pitches when you need to."
Kershaw chatted with deGrom at the All-Star Game in July, already aware of deGrom's explosive fastball.
"Just the carry and the ride that it has on it, the ball that looks like it's at your shins or ankles seems like he gets a lot of called strikes there," Kershaw said. "His off-speed pitches have gotten better from last year. We definitely have a challenge. This whole series, the three, four guys they're throwing at us are pretty solid."
The teams split the four regular-season games started by Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who will take the mound for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Saturday.
DeGrom's path to the majors took several twists and turns, starting with him becoming a pitcher in his junior year at Stetson University. He was drafted on the ninth round by the Mets in 2010 and missed his first minor-league season the next year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. DeGrom didn't make it to the big leagues until last year.
"All of us are thankful every day we get to put this uniform on and we play this game," he said, "so try not to take any days for granted."
Mets News: Matz Expected to Start Game 4New York Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz is on track to start Game 4 of the division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday at Citi Field.
Matz threw an 88-pitch simulated game at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Thursday to demonstrate troublesome back spasms are behind him.
Manager Terry Collins said Matz will play catch on Friday to further demonstrate his back is OK. If he passes that test, the Mets plan to include him when they submit their division series roster ahead of the 1 p.m. ET deadline.
"In a perfect world, that would be the plan," Collins said. "We'll make adjustments as we go. We certainly hope that he's going to be part of the rotation."
Matz last appeared in a game on Sept. 24 at Cincinnati. He went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts at the major league level this season, including tossing six scoreless innings against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on July 5.
The Mets brought left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin with them in case Matz is unable to contribute, but it appears that will be a wasted trip.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Mets News: Dillon Gee becomes Free AgentRight-hander Dillon Gee's New York Mets career quietly ended Tuesday when he elected free agency.
Gee, 29, had the right to opt out after the completion of the regular season because he had more than three years of MLB service and did not return to the majors after being outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas during the season.
Originally drafted in the 21st round in 2007 out of Texas-Arlington, Gee finished his Mets career with a 40-37 record and 4.03 ERA in 114 appearances (110 starts).
Gee ultimately went 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) this season at the major league level.
Because Gee made $5.3 million this season, he would have been non-tendered on Dec. 2 had he not elected free agency.
Also becoming free agents across MLB through the same process are: Jeff Bianchi, Reid Brignac, Angel Castro, Casey Coleman, Ernesto Frieri, Conor Gillaspie, Javy Guerra, Brandon Kintzler, Michael Kohn, Steve Lombardozzi, Alfredo Marte, Justin Maxwell, Bradley Mills, Hunter Morris, Hector Noesi, Sean O'Sullivan, Jordan Pacheco, Andruw Parrino, Vinnie Pestano, Yohan Pino, Alex Presley, Todd Redmond, Michael Roth, Jhonthan Solano and Everett Teaford.