Dodgers opt for Kershaw as Game 1 starter

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Anyone else thinking about Rick Ankiel right now wouldn’t be off base.
Manager Joe Torre announced Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw would start Thursday’s Game 1 against the Phillies. He was picked over Randy Wolf, who started Game 1 against the Cardinals last week. Kershaw followed in Game 2 of that series and allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Kershaw is getting the nod even though he’s 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA versus the Phillies in his career. He was 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA this season.
At 21 years, six months, Kershaw will the youngest Game 1 starter since Ankiel opened the 2000 NLDS at 20 years, three months. Ankiel famously cruised through two innings, only to lost control in the third and never truly regain it. He walked 11 and threw nine wild pitches in four innings between the NLDS and NLCS.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”