The Dodgers might not know by Sunday whether or not they will begin the National League Division Series at home or on the road.
Rain forced the postponement of the New York Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Friday. For now, a 10 a.m./ 4 p.m. doubleheader has been scheduled for Saturday. However, there is a 70 percent chance of rain (along with winds up 30 mph) in the local forecast for Saturday, which could threaten the doubleheader.
The Mets and Dodgers have identical 89-70 records. The Dodgers must finish at least one game ahead of the Mets in order to host games 1, 2 and 5; otherwise those games will be played in New York with games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles.
An MLB spokesperson relayed via email that “our general policy is that if the games are meaningful, then all 162 games have to be played.” In other words, if the Mets have to play Monday to determine home-field advantage for the NLDS, they will.
Howie Kendrick slides in safely under the tag of Giants catcher Trevor Brown in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Thursday. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Anderson collected two more bonus checks Thursday, made a strong final case to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series, and drew the Dodgers one game closer to home-field advantage to begin the series by beating the Giants. The box score is here.
For Mets manager Terry Collins, the Dodger ties run deep, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
In today’s notebook: Yasiel Puig‘s recovery, the television show filming that interrupted Anderson’s warmups, and how the Giants’ two retiring pitchers helped a pair of Dodgers.
Zach Lee is a two-time Branch Rickey minor league player of the year award winner. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Zach Lee and Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, on Thursday.
Lee, 24, has appeared in 22 games this season — one with the Dodgers — with the majority coming at Triple-A. He also won the award in 2013.
Verdugo, 19, opened the season at Single-A Great Lakes and ended it at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Both players will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday to receive their award prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. Here’s more from a Dodgers press release:
SAN FRANCISCO — A Congressman from New York and a Congressman from Los Angeles have made a friendly wager on the Dodgers-Mets National League Division Series.
Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) wagered gourmet popcorn from Pauline’s Premier Sweets in Burbank, befitting his district. Israel, who is a Mets fan representing areas surrounding Citi Field, wagered “New York bagels, flown in fresh.”
Additionally, the loser will wear the tie of the winner’s team and deliver a one minute speech on the House floor extolling the virtues of the team moving on to the next playoff round.
Here’s more from a press release today:
Yasiel Puig is examined by Dodgers medical director Stan Conte after Puig strained his right hamstring in August. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig
is running at full speed at the Dodgers’ instructional league facility, a “miraculous” development in the outfielder’s previously plodding progress from a hamstring strain.