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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Matz has not pitched since Sept. 24 due to a sore back, but he will get back on the bump Tuesday night as the Mets try to clinch their opening-round series. Both Matz and the Mets hitters will have their work cut out for them squaring off against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With the Dodgers set to take on Mets' left-handed rookie Steven Matz in Game 4, Crawford will sit in place of Justin Ruggiano, who will man left field and hit eighth in the order.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Conforto will now come off the bench in back-to-back games after hitting a home run during Game 2 of the series. The Mets will once again start Juan Lagares at center field, with Yoenis Cespedes patrolling left field.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While no one seems to know how severe Russell's injury may be, manager Joe Maddon seemed to indicate he wasn't expecting his rookie shortstop to make an appearance for the rest of the NLDS, calling him "doubtful" to return to the lineup if the Cardinals force a Game 5. More information regarding the injury should be available in the coming days, but it seems likely Javier Baez will get more opportunities at shortstop if the Cubs advance in the postseason.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It turns out Molina's ailing left thumb would jeopardize his Game 4 status after all. Manager Mike Matheny relayed that the veteran backstop could catch if forced into duty, but the decision to bench him was a direct result of his inability to swing the bat. Obviously, this will likely damper his chances at logging a pinch-hit at-bat for the rest of the series and potentially further if the Cardinals manage to advance in the postseason.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The surgery was actually performed on Cano's right and left side core muscles, indicating his injury may have been more severe that previously reported. Still, his recovery time is expected to last roughly six weeks -- plenty of time for the 32-year-old to prepare for spring training in 2016.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Grichuck didn't start in either Game 2 or 3 as manager Mike Matheny opted to give Tommy Pham some time in center field. However, Grichuck still managed to make his presence known, crushing a pinch-hit home run during Game 2 and coming around to score off a single in Game 3. He will hit sixth in the order in the critical Game 4 matchup against the Cubs and take over in center field.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension following an illegal slide that broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg, will be eligible to play for the entirety of the NLDS. However, with Mets' rookie left-hander Steven Matz set to take the mound in Game 4, Utley will likely serve as a pinch-hitter in the crucial matchup.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Baez collected two hits in relief during Game 3 after Addison Russell exited the game following an injury to his ankle. With Russell still not cleared for action Tuesday, Baez will get the start at shortstop and bat ninth in the batting order. The 22-year-old has struggled against the Cardinals' Game 4 starter John Lackey -- in eight career at-bats against the veteran, Baez has not recorded a hit and has struck out four times.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After suffering an ankle injury Monday while sliding into third base, Russell will not start the potentially-clinching Game 4 matchup against the Cardinals. No information has been announced regarding the severity of the injury; however, with the rookie likely going through a battery of tests Tuesday, more clarity surrounding the injury will likely come soon.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)McHugh will be looking for his second win of the series after picking up the victory in Game 1. He is slated to square off against the Royals' Johnny Cueto in the decisive Game 5 Wednesday night.