Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and New York Mets will begin at 6:45 p.m. PT Friday at Dodger Stadium. Game 2 on Saturday will begin at 6:07 p.m. PT.
The start time for Game 3 at Citi Field on Monday has not been determined.
Reports out of New York Sunday morning indicate the Mets plan to start Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey in Games 1, 2, 3 of the National League Division Series in that order.
That news comes as little surprise. The Dodgers haven’t formally announced their rotation, but Clayton Kershaw can be reasonably expected to start Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, with Zack Greinke opposing Syndergaard in Game 2, and either Brett Anderson or Alex Wood against Harvey in Game 3 at Citi Field.
It’s not inconceivable that Greinke, whose 1.66 ERA is the lowest by any qualified league leader in 20 years, could start Game 1 for the Dodgers instead.
The Mets have identified their starting shortstop, their leadoff hitter, and their top three starting pitchers for the National League Division Series.
Some other decisions remain but, as Michael Baron writes on the Just The Mets blog, the Dodgers should already have a pretty good idea of what they can expect to see from the Mets in the NLDS.
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.
DENVER — The New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday to clinch the National League East. At 88-67, they’re in a virtual tie with the Dodgers (87-66) for the right to host the best-of-5 National League Division Series. Unless the San Francisco Giants stage a stunning comeback in the final nine games of the season, the Dodgers will play the Mets in the NLDS.
The Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in an hour. Depending on the outcome, they’ll either be a half-game ahead or a half-game behind the Mets after today. New York has an off-day Monday, so the annoying half-game differential will disappear then.
Game 1 of the National League Division series is Friday, October 9. Game 2 is the following day. The series will then switch coasts for Game 3 on Monday, October 12.