A lot went right for the Mets in their 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS last night. The most glaring exception was the play of left fielder Michael Cuddyer, who misread two fly balls into doubles for L.A. Jacob deGrom was masterful enough to sidestep these miscues, but the toll on his pitch count was seemingly consequential at the time. Cuddyer added an 0-for-3 at the plate, causing many to rightfully wonder why rookie Michael Conforto hadn't been in the lineup from the get-go.
The Mets will right that wrong tonight, as Conforto is starting in left field and batting seventh. This shouldn't be interpreted as a response to Cuddyer's forgettable game last night; Conforto was already penciled in to face the right-handed Zack Greinke regardless of what happened in Game 1.
The rest of the Mets' lineup remains unchanged.
Looking to bounce back after a tough loss, the Dodgers have shuffled their lineup a bit. Yasmani Grandal is in at catcher in place of A.J. Ellis, who went 1-for-3 last night, and Enrique Hernandez will replace Joc Pederson in center field. Pederson was 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1.
If you missed Cuddyer's non-cromulence last night, here's the aftermath of one misplay that left him sailing uncontrolled into the Dodger Stadium crowd.
Michael Cuddyer should stay in the stands dot GIF. pic.twitter.com/Yp0si948Jo— Eric Simon (@AmazinAvenue) October 10, 2015
|NEW YORK METS||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|Curtis Granderson - RF||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|David Wright - 3B||Corey Seager - SS|
|Daniel Murphy - 2B||Adrian Gonzalez - 1B|
|Yoenis Cespedes - CF||Justin Turner - 3B|
|Lucas Duda - 1B||Andre Ethier - RF|
|Travis d'Arnaud - C||Carl Crawford - LF|
|Michael Conforto - LF||Yasmani Grandal - C|
|Ruben Tejada - SS||Enrique Hernandez - CF|
|Noah Syndergaard - RHP||Zack Greinke - RHP|
|9:00 PM||TBS||710 WOR|