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.
For Kershaw, Friday represents his third NLDS Game 1 start in as many years. Greinke has also started Game 2 each of the last two years, while Anderson has started one playoff game in his career, three years ago for the Oakland A’s. He has never faced the New York Mets in his career.
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.