Scheduled Mets Game 1 starter Orlando Hernandez is questionable for today's National League Division Series opener after injuring his right calf during Tuesday's workout at Shea Stadium. Tom Glavine would get the nod if El Duque can't go.
Nomar Garciaparra has been out of action since the first game of the San Francisco series with a sore knee and a pulled obligque muscle. Jeff Kent and Brad Penny are not 100% but will be available.
Lefthander Hong-Chic Kuo will be key to the series opening in New York. He stopped the Mets in his last start there and has been impressive since switching from reliever to starter.
Kevin Kenney, former Dodger minor league manager and now a MLB analyist on FOX,, had this to say about the coming series:
"I picked the Dodgers over the Mets way back in March and I feel the rotation matches up very well for Los Angeles. The Dodgers will upset the Mets and advance to the NLCS.
"Though the first pitch of the 2006 World Series had yet to be thrown, I'm going to look a couple of weeks into the future and make this prediction: When the smoke has cleared, we will see a renewal of old championship rivals. The Dodgers and Yankees will play for all the marbles."
As one of my very dear Italian friends used to say, "From your mouth to God's Ears."
Series begins Wednesday Wed., Oct. 4 at Shea Stadium 1:00 P.M. PT, ESPN / MLB.TV Lowe vs Hernandez Thur., Oct. 5 at Shea Stadium 5:00 P.M. PT, FOX / MLB.TV Kuo vs. Glavine Sat., Oct. 7 at Dodger Stadium Maddux vs to be announced Sun., Oct. 8 at Dodger Stadium TBD vs TBD Mon., Oct. 9 at Shea Stadium TBD vs TBD