Impending free agent right-hander Colby Lewis underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels revealed the news in his season-ending press conference following the team’s exit from the ALDS.
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Daniels said that Lewis had pitched through the injury during the second half of the season. While the 36-year-old finished with a career-high 17 wins, he posted a 4.66 ERA (91 ERA+) and 142/42 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings over 33 starts. He was used out of the bullpen for the ALDS against the Blue Jays.
Daniels confirmed Friday that the Rangers have interest in retaining Lewis for 2016.
The Mets only made one small change on their roster for the NLCS against the Cubs, dropping right-hander Erik Goeddel in favor of left-hander Sean Gilmartin.
Selected from the Twins in the Rule 5 Draft last December, Gilmartin had a nice year out of New York’s bullpen, posting a 2.67 ERA and 54/18 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over 50 appearances. The 25-year-old actually enjoyed more success against right-handed batters (.597 OPS against) than left-handed batters (.661 OPS against), so he’s not exactly a specialist-type.
Goeddel was hit hard in his lone appearance during the NLDS against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on four hits while failing to record an out. As Mark Simon of ESPN notes, he’s now one of 15 pitchers with a career postseason ERA of infinity.
When Mets manager Terry Collins announced Matt Harvey as his Game 1 starter for the NLCS against the Cubs, the assumption was that Noah Syndergaard would start Game 2. That might not be the case.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Collins told reporters on Friday that nothing is set in stone for Game 2 on Sunday. At issue is that the Mets want to see how Syndergaard recovers from his relief appearance from Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. While the fireballer threw 17 pitches in a scoreless inning, he threw over 100 pitches warming up.
“His last time he pitched, the second day he was still pretty sore,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Syndergaard. “I’m certainly well aware that I got him up [in the bullpen] four times last night. You could almost say he got ready four times. That could have almost been five innings of work because I knew he threw over 100 pitches warming up. So if he’s still tender tomorrow, he’s probably not going to be the Game 2 guy.”
If Syndergaard can’t go, the Mets will start Steven Matz against Jake Arrieta. This would line up Jacob deGrom to start Game 3 in Chicago on Tuesday and Syndergaard for Game 4 on Wednesday.
The Cubs announced this morning that speedster Quintin Berry has replaced the injured Addison Russell on their roster for the NLCS against the Mets. He’s the only change on Chicago’s roster from the NLDS.
Berry is strictly a pinch-running specialist. The 30-year-old has logged just 12 plate appearances at the major league level dating back to the start of the 2013 season, but he’s 32-for-33 in stolen base attempts in his career if you include the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon will try to find spots to utilize his speed.
Javier Baez is set to serve as Chicago’s regular shortstop with Russell sidelined.
The Cubs and Mets will meet in Game 1 of the NLCS at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight at Citi Field. Jon Lester will get the ball for Chicago while Matt Harvey will start for New York.
Both starters discussed Game 1 with reporters on Friday at Citi Field: