Mets-Dodgers, NLDS preview

By Bob Elliott

New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Best-of-five National League Division Series
(Mets won four of seven meetings)

Mets
Team payroll: Mets $114.6 million (17th)  

Octobers: Two World Series titles, four NL pennants, and eight playoff Appearances 

Post-season record: 44-30.  

Last post season: Lost 2006 NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.   

Manager: Terry Collins. 

Record: 90-72,  

How they got here: Spent 113 days in first despite the Natitude banner which was raised in spring training and came down some time before Jonathan Papelbon tried to throttle Bryce Harper. Had losing May (13-15) and June (12-15) before finishing 50-34.

Run differential: Plus 70.  

Stud Hosses: Yoenis Cespedes (batted .291, with 35 homers, 105 RBIs, .870 OPS), RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54, 38 walks, 205 strikeouts), Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24, 31 walks, 166 strikeouts in 150 innings).

Theme: It’s Matt Harvey’s world, we’re just living in it. First he didn’t want a six-man rotation and then he was on a tight inning count. Then, when things settled he missed a work out. Dark Knight had best perform or it be a Long Knight in Flushing.  

Looking up: 1B Lucas Duda (.244, 27, 73, .838), RF Curtis Granderson (.259, 26, 70, .821), 2B Daniel Murphy (.281, 14, 73, .770).

Looking down: SS Wilmer Flores (.263, 18, 63, .703), CF Juan Lagares (.259, 16, 87, .647)..

Canadian content: Scout Claude Pelletier, scout, of Ste-Lezare, Que., Eric Langill bullpen catcher, Kirkland, Que.,      

Canadian rootability rating: No. 7

Bodog World Series odds: 5/1

 

Dodgers
Team payroll: Dodgers $310.8 million (1st) 

Octobers: Six World Series, 22 Pennants, and 29 post-season appearances   

Post-season record: 87-100-1.

Last post season: Lost 2014 NL ALDS in four games to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Manager: Don Mattingly.  

Record: 92-70 

How they got here: Spent 172 days in first place with a series of winning months -- save for June (15-15) while their best was May (16-12).  

Run differential: Plus 72. 

Stud Hosses: 3B Justin Turner (batted .294 with 16 homers, 60 RBIs, .861 OPS), OF Andre Ethier (.294, 14, 53, .852), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.275, 28, 90, .830).     

Theme: A long way to fly for zero wins. 

Looking up: LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 with 42 walks, 301 strikeouts in 232 2/3 innings), RHP Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 walking 40 men and fanning 200 in 22 2/3 innings) and RP Kenley Jansen (2-1, 2.41 with 46 saves, walking eight and fanning 80 in 52 1/3 innings).

Looking down: Jimmy Rollins (.224, 13, 41, .643)

Canadian content: Sudbury-born GM Farhan Zaidi, Ellen Harrigan, director administration, of Beeton, Ont., LHP Erik Bedard, Navan, Ont. Single A Rancho Cucamonga  

Canadian rootability rating: No. 4.   

Bodog World Series odds: 6/1.