Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is 1-for-8 in the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)
Yasmani Grandal’s sore left shoulder will not keep him out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Grandal was even money to catch starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
The Dodgers are keeping their lineup intact from Game 1 of the series, the last time they faced Jacob deGrom, with one exception: Kiké Hernandez, not Carl Crawford, is starting in left field.
Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup for the 5 p.m. game:
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and bench coach Bob Geren (15) watch Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
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.
Michael Cuddyer, who got the start in left field in Game 1, misplayed a pair of fly balls off his glove that resulted in doubles for Justin Turner and Corey Seager.
Here is the Mets’ full lineup against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke:
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.
Kiké Hernandez will play center field, and Yasmani Grandal will catch Zack Greinke, in a pair of defensive changes. Here’s the full lineup:
Clayton Kershaw watches the Dodgers hitters participate in a simulated game Tuesday alongside hitting coach Mark McGwire. Kershaw will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson will start the first three games of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers in that order.
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.
Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey are starting the first three games of the series for the Mets in that order.
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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