The 162 game season is over for the Los Angeles Dodgers and after clinching their third straight NL West title, they now take on the New York Mets in the NLDS.
After sweeping the San Diego Padres in the final series of the season, the Dodgers clinched home-field advantage against the NL East winners. The NLDS begins Friday at Dodger Stadium with the Mets sending right-hander Jacob deGrom and the Dodgers likely sending left-hander Clayton Kershaw, though it’s not official.
MLB announced the start times for the first two games, Friday and Saturday, at Dodger Stadium. Game 1 is scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. PT start time and Game 2 is scheduled for a 6:07 p.m. PT start time. The times for Game 3, Game 4 (if necessary) and Game 5 (if necessary) have not been announced.
While the start times benefit the Dodgers and their fans, keeping the times similar to what they’ve experienced all season, the Mets fans will have games starting at 9:45 p.m. ET and 9:07 p.m. ET.
The Mets have decided to use right-handed rookie Noah Syndergaard against the Dodgers in Game 2, while the Dodgers are likely to use Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke. Right-hander Matt Harvey is scheduled to pitch Game 3 in New York and left-hander Steven Matz is scheduled for Game 4, if necessary and if he’s healthy.
The Dodgers will turn to Brett Anderson or Alex Wood for Game 3, and if another game is necessary, then the Game 4 starter will depend on the situation.
In 2014, the New York Mets defeated the Dodgers four out of seven head-to-head matchups.