The standings tell the story of the divergent paths taken this season by the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, the two teams that were expected to battle each other all season for the National League East crown. Washington's Edwin Jackson (5-6, 4.77 ERA in 11 starts with the Nationals) will oppose New York's Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.22 ERA) in a matchup of right-handers who have experienced different results while being thrust into bigger roles than expected because of injuries to more established members of their respective rotations.
The Los Angeles Dodgers once again clinched the NL West and hold bragging rights over a formidable division. In my estimation, nobody in their right mind cares or should care about clinching the division, because the opportunity to celebrate such tedium expired in 2013 when the franchise began what would turn out to be now five consecutive NL West titles. The Dodgers, despite its regular season glory, has failed to get out of the NLCS in the span of the previous four otherwise amazing seasons. On Friday night, it finalized something we had all been expecting for most of the season, clinching the division with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants—a fitting foe if not for its own respective malaise this season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- ��� The Mets plan to have ace Noah Syndergaard make a one-inning start Saturday in his first major league game in nearly five months.