LOS ANGELES -- Rookies Corey Seager and Joc Pederson are in the Dodgers' starting lineup for tonight's Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Mets and right-handed starter Jacob deGrom (9:30 p.m. ET, TBS).
Manager Don Mattingly gave Seager the start at shortstop over veteran Jimmy Rollins and Pederson the start in center field over another rookie, Kiké Hernandez.
LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly has managed the Dodgers into the postseason three consecutive years, something that Hall of Famers Walt Alston, Tom Lasorda, Joe Torre, Leo Durocher, Ned Hanlon and Wilbert Robinson never did.
Yet, critics are already speculating heading into tonight's National League Division Series opener vs. the Mets (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS) that Mattingly's job is on the line if the Dodgers don't reach the World Series this month.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure Thursday morning and will miss the postseason, the club announced.
Scully was said to be resting comfortably and "he's looking forward to returning to the Dodgers for the 2016 season, his 67th with the Dodgers," which Scully has already announced will be his final season.
LOS ANGELES -- This has been a season of thrills, chills and spills for the Mets, champions of the National League East, and the Dodgers, NL West kingpins. Now we find out which wild amusement park ride is about to end -- at Coney Island or the Santa Monica Pier -- and which one moves on to even greater adventures.
A riveting NL Division Series loaded with big names and intrigue opens tonight with the Mets sending Jacob deGrom out to engage three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. TBS will carry the Game 1 action starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.
LOS ANGELES -- Though pitching and defense typically go hand-in-hand, relatively few fingers have been pointed admiringly at the Dodgers' gloves.
The Dodgers, who open their National League Division Series clash with the New York Mets on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), are readily associated with their twin aces, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Los Angeles' offense, which led the NL in home runs, ranked second in on-base percentage and finished third in slugging percentage, gained increasing respect this year. Less attention tends to be paid to the Dodgers' defense, which provided stability throughout the club's march to the NL West title.
Relievers have turned it up a notch after All-Star break
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have Kenley Jansen as their closer, one of the more consistent stoppers in the game, but bridging the gap between starter and closer has been a question at times this season.
With the National League Division Series against the Mets getting underway on Friday at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBS, the bullpen is one area that could cause trouble for Los Angeles.
Just two players remain from last time Dodgers, Mets met in postseason
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- Nine years later, David Wright and Andre Ethier are the lone remnants of the Mets and Dodgers teams that faced off in the 2006 National League Division Series.
On Thursday, a day before the two clubs, hailing from the country's two biggest cities, open the 2015 NLDS at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), their longest-tenured players reflected on their first postseason baseball experience.
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly on Thursday wouldn't announce the Dodgers starting lineup for Friday night's National League Division Series opener (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), but said the players in it -- and out of it -- know what's coming.
"No surprises come tomorrow," he said. "Everyone pretty much knows, we just haven't put it out yet."
Two of the National League's best pitchers will square off Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (9:30 ET/6:30 PT on TBS) at Dodger Stadium, one making his postseason debut and the other hoping to erase some playoff demons.
It's what we call a marquee matchup. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw, the 2014 NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, against Mets righty Jacob deGrom, last year's NL Rookie of the Year. The two have never faced one another, and both should finish in the top five of the NL Cy Young Award voting.
LOS ANGELES -- For Terry Collins, this National League Division Series opening at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) is a homecoming. The Mets' manager has some of that Tommy Lasorda blue blood running through his veins, having acquired most of his philosophies and attitudes as a young player and young manager in the Dodgers' system.
"I learned everything here," Collins said on Thursday, 29 hours before Clayton Kershaw, facing Jacob deGrom, would deliver the first pitch for the Dodgers in Game 1.
New York edged Los Angeles in season series, four games to three
By Joe Trezza
NEW YORK -- The Mets posted a winning record against just one of the four other National League postseason teams. That team was the Dodgers, who New York edged, 4-3, in a season series that featured pitching duels, slugfests and a dramatic walk-off finale.
What was your favorite moment from the seven Mets vs. Dodgers matchups that preceded Friday's NL Division Series opener (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) at Dodger Stadium? These two teams provided plenty to choose from.
For the first half of the season, Yasmani Grandal wasn't just baseball's best-hitting catcher, an All-Star, and an elite pitch framer helping Zack Greinke push towards his scoreless streak -- though he was also all of those things. He was also making the new Dodgers front office look very, very smart for pulling off the winter trade that had sent franchise icon Matt Kemp south to San Diego for Grandal and two prospects.
For most of that same first half, A.J. Ellis, the organizations' longest-tenured player, was worried about losing his job,as he admitted to local media in late September. At 34 and coming off a poor and injury-plagued 2014, where he'd hit .191 with a 72 Weighted Runs Created Plus score (meaning he was 28 percentage points below a league-average score of 100), an awful start to the season and the presence of well-regarded Triple-A catcher Austin Barnes meant that his fears weren't unfounded.
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw's failures against the Cardinals in the past two postseasons are an indirect reason why Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is more impressed by Kershaw now than ever.
"He went through the adversity of having to answer all the questions with the Cardinals thing, and then went through the first few weeks of this season, which were not quite at his level of game, even though it was still good," said Honeycutt. "Yet he was still able to show the work ethic and the mental grind that you have to have to overcome anything.
LOS ANGELES -- In front of every successful pitcher crouches a good catcher, a man brimming with wisdom, vision, perspective and the sensitive understanding of human nature normally found in a trained psychologist.
LOS ANGELES -- When the Dodgers take on the Mets in the National League Division Series Game 1 on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT, TBS), Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner will get a chance to face his former team on the big stage.
Not that he's buying into the narrative of revenge against the team that cut him, though.
LOS ANGELES -- Beginning with Clayton Kershaw for Friday's Game 1 (6:30 p.m. PT on TBS), there were no surprises in the rotation Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Tuesday for the National League Division Series against the Mets.
Kershaw will be followed by Zack Greinke in Game 2 on Saturday (6 p.m. PT on TBS) and Brett Anderson in Game 3 on Monday (TBA on TBS). The club did not announce a starter for Game 4, if necessary.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Zaidi lauds Mattingly's preparation skills
Dodgers GM expects low-scoring NLDS against Mets
By Steve Bourbon
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly described postseason baseball as a "crapshoot." For the third year in a row, Los Angeles will be one of the teams in the mix.
The Dodgers will put their ticket in the lottery in search of the ultimate prize as they open the National League Division Series against the Mets on Friday. Mattingly unnerves fans at times with some of his bullpen decisions and double switches, but accomplished something that no one else in Dodgers history had done: win three straight division titles.
LOS ANGELES -- Individual matchups aren't everything in the postseason crucible, but they do offer a few hints about what might unfold with pulses pounding and so much on the line.
As the Dodgers and Mets do their prep work for their National League Division Series opening Friday night at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), reams of numbers will be studied intently. Every conceivable edge looms as a potential game-changer.
Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NLDS position-by-position: Mets-Dodgers
By Andrew Simon
The last time the Mets took part in the postseason, way back in 2006, they swept the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. Nine years later, the two teams will meet up there again Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS on TBS at Dodger Stadium, though both have only one player remaining from that series: the Mets' David Wright and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier.
While New York's NL East championship came as a surprise to many, the Dodgers are coming off their third consecutive division title. Now they will try to make it back to the World Series for the first time since winning it all in 1988 -- when they toppled the Mets in the NL Championship Series.