NLDS, Game 3: Dodgers-Mets lineups


Here are the Dodgers and Mets lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS in New York:

2B Howie Kendrick
SS Jimmy Rollins
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Justin Turner
RF Andre Ethier
LF Carl Crawford
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Kike Hernandez
SP Brett Anderson

Chase Utley is eligible to play tonight after appealing his two-game suspension, but he’ll begin the game on the bench and (temporarily at least) avoid merciless booing in New York. Corey Seager is also on the bench, as manager Don Mattingly has opted for Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins as the Game 3 double-play duo versus right-hander Matt Harvey.

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
SS Wilmer Flores
CF Juan Lagares
SP Matt Harvey

Wilmer Flores gets the start at shortstop in the wake of Ruben Tejada‘s broken leg. And with a left-hander on the mound Juan Lagares is in center field, with Michael Comforto and Michael Cuddyer on the bench and Yoenis Cespedes in left field.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.