In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of becoming the Marlins’ next manager (maybe someday he can tell Patrick they’re not the “Florida” Marlins anymore), Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, what went wrong this year for the Dodgers, and a variety of other topics he didn’t cover in his post-mutual-parting press conference.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said today that he didn’t want to get into specifics about the decision to part ways with Don Mattingly. You can hear that at the 1:22 mark of this video courtesy of SportsNet LA, then over and over again, about 40 different ways, over the final 36-plus minutes:
There are some useful nuggets of information in there, but there are also a lot of non-useful questions and answers to filter through. I’ll distill it into a story shortly.
The New York Mets aren’t likely to announce their 25-man roster until they can determine the health of pitcher Steven Matz, who is a candidate to start the if-necessary Game 4 at Citi Field.
Matz, who’s recovering from tightness in his left (throwing) shoulder, told reporters in New York that he felt better Wednesday after throwing a bullpen session at Citi Field.
The 24-year-old left-hander made his major league debut in June and went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts.
Rosters are not due to MLB until 10 a.m. Friday.
Alex Wood said today that he is preparing to pitch out of the bullpen in Games 1 through 3 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets, and maybe beyond.
Pedro Martinez endorses this idea.
The Hall of Fame pitcher, speaking on a conference call with other TBS broadcasters on Wednesday morning, was thinking along the same lines of the Dodgers’ staff for their middle relief innings.
“I think they have to pull one of those starters that is used to pitching in those middle innings to try to get righties and lefties out,” Martinez said. “If they can pull one of those starters, they can build a bridge to get to (closer Kenley) Jansen.”
Martinez is a studio analyst for TBS, which holds the right to the entire first round of National Legaue games. The network assigned Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and reporter Sam Ryan to the Dodgers-Mets series.
In an interview with CNBC this morning, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten discussed the upcoming series against the New York Mets, daily fantasy sports, and the Dodgers Accelerator startup program: