Tonight is the night. Dodgers vs. Mets. Zack Greinke vs. Jacob deGrom. Winner moves on to the NLCS to take on the Chicago Cubs. If you aren’t going to the game, it starts at 5 p.m. Pacific on TBS. And if you watch it, just ignore Ron Darling. He loves the Mets and might actually cry if they lose.
The stakes are high. If they defeat the New York Mets, they will advance to the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. If they lose, their season will be over. For starting pitcher Zack Greinke, the game is significant for another reason: It could be his last with the Dodgers.
The other tough choice is catcher. Grandal is injured and hasn’t hit well in the last six weeks. Plus, I just like Ellis better defensively behind the plate. I think he is better at working with the pitchers and making sure they remain calm and in the game. But if I was managing the Dodgers, here’s what I would do: I would pull Greinke aside today and privately ask him which catcher he wants behind the plate. Whoever he picks is the one I would start.
Greinke has declined to speak about his impending decision. While he didn’t reveal any of his plans during a Wednesday conference call, he did reflect on his three seasons in Los Angeles. When he spoke last year about his contract situation, Greinke said what he would do would be based in part on the contracts Max Scherzer and Jon Lester landed.