Sandy Alderson clarifies NLDS roster composition, but remains unfinalized
On Tuesday, Sandy Alderson offered additional clarity to how the club plans to construct the roster for the Division Series.
Alderson said the team plans to carry 14 position players and 11 pitchers against the Dodgers, but the plans haven’t been entirely finalized at this time.
Alderson did say the club sent Eric O’Flaherty, Tim Stauffer, Dilson Herrera, and Dario Alvarez home and not to the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, meaning they will not play in the postseason at any time for the club.
For now, Eric Young Jr., Logan Verrett, Bobby Parnell, Anthony Recker, and Eric Campbell are on standby in Port St. Lucie.
In regards to Steven Matz, Alderson said they will first determine whether or not he is healthy after he throws 90-100 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.
If Matz makes it through ok, they will then determine if he will start or pitch in relief.
As a contingency to Matz, the Mets will fly an extra pitcher to Los Angeles just in case Matz cannot pitch at the last second.
But if Matz is added to the roster ahead of Friday’s deadline and is determined to be injured and has to come off the roster, he will be unable to participate in the next round of the playoffs.
If Matz is on the postseason roster, he should join Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation, with Jeurys Familia, Tyler Clippard, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Bartolo Colon, either Jon Niese or Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel in the bullpen.