The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the NL West division title for three straight years, but they're finally starting to lose their grip on the division as they were yet again eliminated before making it far in the playoffs. Don Mattingly, the Dodgers manager, was let go on Thursday after yet another disappointing finish from the team with the highest payroll in baseball. On top of that, Zack Greinke, the NL ERA leader, opted out of his contract and it's yet to be seen if the Dodgers are going to bring him back. At this point, the Dodgers will need to try and find a new method of success, and this is the time for the rest of the NL West to try and take advantage of a somewhat lost Dodgers team.
The Mets just finished off a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, which means they have a five-day waiting period until the World Series, which is on Tuesday. The 2007 Rockies, owners of the longest waiting period between games in the playoffs, were swept by the Boston Red Sox when their eight-day layoff was up. The Mets will hopefully be able to use this break to their advantage since they will be able to not only set up their rotation but also rest the young arms on their pitching staff.
Adam Ottavino underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year, and he says he plans on making his return in May of 2016. Ottavino was absolutely dominant to start the season, making 10 scoreless appearances with 13 strikeouts.
Andrew Dill dives into some offseason speculation heading into next year, including thoughts on Chad Bettis, Nolan Arenado, and Tyler Chatwood.