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Terry Collins: Jacob deGrom starting NLDS Game 4 “unrealistic”

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Mets manager Terry Collins squelched any thought that Jacob deGrom would be starting Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers (if necessary), calling it “unrealistic”, per’s Anthony DiComo. Lefty Steven Matz would start Game 4 at Citi Field.

deGrom dazzled in Friday night’s NLDS opener at Dodger Stadium, striking out 13 while tossing seven scoreless innings. In doing so, he felled three-time Cy Young Award-winner Clayton Kershaw.

Matt Harvey will oppose Brett Anderson in Game 3, the Mets’ first playoff game at home since Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.

Hector Rondon got stuck in the bullpen bathroom after NLDS Game 1

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According to the Associated Press, Cubs closer Hector Rondon got stuck in the bullpen bathroom for a few minutes following the conclusion of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, a 4-0 loss.

The lock simply malfunctioned, according to Joe Walsh, the director of stadium operations for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals replaced the lock before Game 2 started on Saturday.

Rondon joins a list of baseball players to get locked in the bathroom which includes Jeff Francoeur (link), Fernando Rodney (link), and Jose Ceda (link).

Marlins interested if Don Mattingly leaves the Dodgers

Don Mattingly
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If current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly were to become available after the post-season, the Marlins would be interested, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Marlins have already interviewed a handful of candidates, but owner Jeffrey Loria is hoping to get Mattingly more than anyone.

Those interviewed for the Marlins’ vacant managerial position included Manny Acta, Bo Porter, and Larry Bowa. They are expected to interview Phil Nevin among others as well.

The Marlins fired Mike Redmond after the team started with a 16-22 record, then GM Dan Jennings took over and the team went 55-69.

Mattingly’s Dodgers fell to the Mets 3-1 at home to open up the National League Division Series. The Dodgers, under Mattingly, have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons but haven’t been able to advance past the NLCS yet despite owning baseball’s largest payroll.

Cardinals may have to rework NLDS rotation after Jaime Garcia’s early exit

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Update (7:04 PM EDT): Garcia was removed due to a stomach virus, per the Cardinals.


Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was only able to last two innings during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs. He worked around a one-out double to Jorge Soler in the first inning, but the Cardinals’ defense fell apart. The Cubs scored three runs without hitting a ball past the infield, and Jorge Soler added insult to injury when he blasted a two-run home run to center field to make it 5-1.

Garcia’s final line after 45 pitches: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Lance Lynn took the hill in the third inning in relief, but ran into trouble of his own. He walked Anthony Rizzo to lead off the inning, then Starlin Castro hit a line drive to right field on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Lynn bounced back to strike out Austin Jackson, but Miguel Montero was able to bring in a run on a ground out to make it 6-1.

Lynn was on track to start Game 4, but because he had to take over for Garcia in Game 2, the Cardinals may tab John Lackey start Game 4 instead, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes. They could also call on Tyler Lyons for a start.

Cubs explode for five runs, lead Cardinals 5-1 in NLDS Game 2

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Update (6:14 PM EDT): The Cubs stormed back to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the second inning. Starlin Castro led off with a single but was erased on a fielder’s choice. On the play, Kolten Wong inadvertently tossed the ball into the first base dugout, so Jackson moved up to second base. He promptly stole third base. Miguel Montero worked a walk, then Jackson cored when pitcher Kyle Hendricks — batting eighth — laid down a safety squeeze. Garcia made an errant throw to first base, so runners moved up to second and third base.

Addison Russell laid down another safety squeeze to bring in Montero from third base. Dexter Fowler hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground ball, but shortstop Jhonny Peralta couldn’t get a handle on the ball. Hendricks scored and Fowler reached safely. Jorge Soler hit the first ball out of the infield, hitting a curve ball several rows back in center field to put the Cubs up 5-1.


Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter greeted Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks rudely, blasting a solo homer to center field to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Game 2 of the NLDS. Hendricks threw a 1-2 sinker that caught a little too much of the plate and Carpenter didn’t miss it.

Starter Jaime Garcia tossed a scoreless top of the first inning and will head out to the mound again with a slight lead.

The Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS from the Cubs on Friday with a 4-0 victory behind a strong start from John Lackey.