It’s official: Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS, followed by Rich Hill in Game 3. Kershaw will be pitching on short rest after tossing seven pitches in Game 5 of the NLDS, while Hill will go on normal rest. Dave Roberts has yet to announce a starter for Game 4.
Below are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS, which is slated to start at 8 PM EDT.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.