Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda to all start against Clayton Kershaw
Since the Mets retooled their roster, Terry Collins has mixed and matched his lineup depending upon whether or not the club was opposing a left-handed pitcher.
But when the Division Series starts on Friday against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Collins will feature a lineup which is different than that he has featured against southpaws throughout the second half.
Collins has hinted he would use Curtis Granderson – who had a .558 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2015 – against the Dodger left-handed pitchers, and on Wednesday he confirmed that would be the case.
Collins also said Lucas Duda will also face Kershaw on Friday night along with Daniel Murphy.
Murphy hit .254 with a .633 OPS against left-handers this season with on eof his 13 home runs coming against southpaws.
In addition, as he’s speculated over the last couple of weeks, Collins said Ruben Tejada would start over Wilmer Flores on Friday.
Tejada has reached base eight times (5-for-15 with three walks) against Kershaw in his career.
Meanwhile, Flores is 3-for-8 lifetime against Greinke, so it remains to be seen if he gets the start in game two.
As for Granderson, he has indeed struggled against left-handed pitching this season. But he does provide a leadoff presence the Mets simply do not have if he’s sitting on the bench. At the very least, he can work Kershaw on Friday, try and get into deep or advantageous counts, and either try and get on base via a walk or attack a mistake.
It’s not ideal, but his struggles against left-handed pitching might still be better than Juan Lagares’ overly aggressive approach despite his .771 OPS against left-handers this season.