Mets left-hander Steven Matz tossed 80 pitches Thursday morning in a simulated game in Florida and afterward told reporters his back feels good.
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Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has the backs of his team's pitching staff, saying it can stand up to the arms of the Dodgers and just needs to believe.
Yoenis Cespedes was one of the most dangerous hitters in the NL earlier this season. Here's a breakdown of how to pitch to the Mets slugger.
Matt Marrone ESPN.com
Senior Circuit vs. Junior Circuit, indeed: Tomorrow, the NLDS begins with one charter member of the National League — the Cubs — two other “Classic Eight” members of the NL — the Cardinals and Dodgers — and one 1962 expansion club — the Mets. Combined years of Senior Circuit service, including this year: 444. Today, the ALDS begins with three 1960s expansion teams — Rangers, Astros and Royals — and one 1970s expansion team — the Blue Jays — one of which (the Astros) switched from the NL to the AL in 2013. Combined years of Junior Circuit service, including this year: 144. That’s exactly a 300-year difference.
Ron Darling on Harvey absence: No biggie
The former Mets starting pitcher, and member of the '86 world champs, said of Matt Harvey's late arrival to Mets practice on Tuesday: "It's really hard for me to criticize. Half our team didn't make the [World Series] parade ... We had guys who barely showed up to games."
The New York Mets have arrived on the West Coast. The Amazin's will work out at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, a day ahead of the division series opener.
Conforto good, but who was better?
Michael Conforto saved the Mets nine runs in left field despite playing just 50 games in the majors this season. It still wasn't the most impressive defensive campaign from a rookie this year. Breakout defenders (Insider)
Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are on a short list of the best pitchers in the game. Will they lead the Dodgers to victory, or will the Mets figure out a way to advance in their NLDS matchup?
On Tuesday, I previewed the American League playoffs, and today, it's the National League's turn.
The Mets are bringing left-hander Sean Gilmartin to Los Angeles in case he needs to pitch in place of Steven Matz.
Everything worked out perfectly for the Mets' defense that day, especially Shawn Green, Jose Valentin and Paul Lo Duca.
Ruben Tejada is expected to start at shortstop for the Mets in Friday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is no less brilliant against left-handed batters, so perhaps the Mets should put one fewer in their lineup.
Right-hander Dillon Gee has elected free agency, ending his Mets career with a 40-37 record and 4.03 ERA in 114 appearances (110 starts).
Updated World Series odds
Via Westgate LV Superbook, here are the latest odds to win the World Series:
- Blue Jays: 3-1
- Royals: 4-1
- Dodgers: 5-1
- Cardinals: 6-1
- Mets: 7-1
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Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
Amazin how the Carlos Gomez trade that fell threw to the #Mets helped both them (Cespedes) and the #Astros as much as it did
Rookie left-hander Steven Matz threw a bullpen session on Tuesday at Citi Field.
The first three pitching matchups for the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets are set.
Mets @ Dodgers
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