The NLDS roster is taking shape for the Mets, and has been narrowed down to 27 possible players. Out of the 38 man active rosster, 5 players, Anthony Recker, Eric Campbell, Eric Young Jr., Logan Verrett, and Bobby Parnell were sent to Port St. Lucie to stay in shape should the need for them arise. Today, it was announced that 5 more players, Dilson Herrera, Johnny Monell, Eric O’Flaherty, Dario Alvarez, and Tim Stauffer have been sent home. In addition, it was announced that Juan Uribe will be unavailable for the NLDS, narrowing the roster possibilities to 27. The roster does not have to be finalized until early Friday.
Catchers: Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki
Infielders: Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Kelly Johnson
Outfielders: Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Cuddyer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis**
Starters: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz
Bullpen: Jeurys Familia, Tyler Clippard, Addison Reed, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon*, Eric Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin**, Carlos Torres**
*Will start if Steven Matz is not available (Matz had a successful bullpen session today)
**May be left off roster; 2 of 3 will be left off roster if Matz is healthy, 1/3 if he is not
In addition, a minor firestorm erupted earlier today when it was revealed that Matt Harvey was not at the team workouts. Apparently, he called Terry Collins at one point to say he was stuck in traffic, but once he arrrived, Harvey said “Obviously today was not the greatest. The last thing I ever want to do is not be with the hteam. There’s no excuse. I screwed up.”
The NLDS starts on Friday at 9:30 ET (probably more like 9:45) with Jacob deGrom facing off against either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.
UPDATE: According to Sandy Anderson, the Mets will carry 11 pitchers. This would seem to solidify Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s position on the roster, putting the last spot between Goeddel, Gilmartin, and Torres.