Rookie Michael Conforto will play left field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium. For the Mets, it’s hardly a gamble at all. Conforto made his major league debut in July and went 4-for-4 in his second career game. The Dodgers ought to remember that one: They were on the losing end of that 15-2 decision.
Howie Kendrick will hit leadoff for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time he has batted leadoff this season; he last occupied the top spot in the order June 11 of last year, when Kendrick played for the Angels.
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.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put through the wringer on a multitude of subjects, including Yasiel Puig’s return, Scott Van Slyke’s injury, Jose Peraza’s injury, Zack Greinke’s ERA title chase and Clayton Kershaw’s quest for 300 strikeouts.
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Pitcher Zack Greinke was named the winner of the 10th annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player “who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership” of the late Hall of Fame catcher.
The award, voted on by Dodger uniformed personnel, will be presented to Greinke by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, during pregame ceremonies Sunday.
Former Dodgers to win the award include Rafael Furcal (2006), Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2013-14), who became the award’s first two-time recipient.