Sep 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) singles in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
LAD Andre Ethier– .294/.366/.482, 13 HR, 135 wRC+, 2.6 WAR
NYM Michael Conforto– .297/.378/.547, 7 HR, 156 wRC+, 1.9 WAR
The classic “veteran having a bounceback year vs the hot up-and-coming prospect” argument. Conforto has been impressive in his limited time as a Met, but Ethier might be the Dodgers’ most consistent offensive threat this year. I haven’t been a fan of Ethier in the past and I’ve been on board with moving him for a couple years, but he’s been absolutely incredible this season and the Dodgers should be thanking their lucky stars that they didn’t trade him for Miguel Montero in the offseason.
The main factor in this matchup is that the Mets have a righty-heavy rotation while the Dodgers will probably be starting two or three lefties. Ethier mashes righties, so while Conforto is and will be a very good outfielder, I have to give the nod to Dre on this one. If Ethier plays in right field (meaning Puig is still hurt), then it’ll probably be Carl Crawford/Scott Van Slyke in left. If the Mets also play matchups, it’ll probably be Yoenis Cespedes in left and Juan Lagares in center which tilts this to the Mets advantage.
Advantage: Dodgers if it’s Ethier, Push if it’s Crawford, Mets if it’s SVS (hopefully 3-0-3)
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