Following Sunday's 1-0 win in the 2015 regular season finale, the Mets announced some initial plans regarding the team's roster for their NLDS round against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Perhaps the most surprising name announced so far is reliever Erik Goeddel, who, while having a very solid year out of the bullpen this year, was not a lock for the postseason.
Players who will head to the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, and therefore will not be on the NLDS roster include: Eric Young, Logan Verrett, Eric Campbell, Bobby Parnell, and Anthony Recker. With Recker in Florida, Kevin Plawecki will be the Mets' postseason backup catcher. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will head to either Los Angeles or Port. St. Lucie on Wednesday, presumably depending on the health of Juan Uribe. If Uribe is not healthy enough for the NLDS, Nieuwenhuis will likely be on the postseason roster.
The Mets remain noncommittal on some players, namely Carlos Torres and Jon Niese. The Mets had Niese pitch out of the bullpen the final week of the season. Making the roster as a reliever is likely the only way Niese will make the postseason squad. In his relief appearances this past week, Niese allowed one earned run, five hits, and one walk in three innings.
Another major decision that needs to be made is whether Steven Matz will be on the NLDS roster. The rookie is dealing with back soreness and his status for the series with the Dodgers remains unclear. Bartolo Colon will probably take Matz's spot in the rotation if Matz can't go. Matz will throw a bullpen session on Monday and hopefully pitch in an instructional league game on Thursday. If all goes well, Matz will join the team in Los Angeles.