Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets waited until the last day to announce their 25-man NLDS rosters. With the series opener slated for Friday night at Chavez Ravine, the intensity of postseason baseball will once again encompass Dodger Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom will start the opener in an anticipated pitcher’s duel, with the stakes higher than ever. The first postseason appearance for the Mets since 2006 breaks down as follows (alphabetical order):
Starting Pitchers: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard,
Relief Pitchers: Tyler Clippard, Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, Erik Goeddel, Jonathon Niese, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles
Position Players: Travis d’Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Curtis Granderson, Kelly Johnson, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Ruben Tejada, David Wright
In a bit of a shocker, starting pitcher Steven Matz was announced onto the roster. As the only southpaw starting pitcher on the roster, the 24-year-old had been battling back issues. Since he was placed on the roster, most can expect to see Matz either as an emergency starter in the first three games of the series, or as the starter for the fourth game.
For the first three games of the series, the Dodgers will faced the heavily stacked right-handed rotation of the Mets, with three young stars at the lead of the charge. As expected, the Dodgers countered with their quality left-handed hitters, setting that as the potential key to the series. Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are expected to make major contributions against the Mets rotation, as the pair of left-handed hitters are fully healthy and ready to make an impact.