LOS ANGELES -- The umpires for the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Mets were announced on Monday, with chief Gary Cederstrom leading a six-man crew.
For Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, the umpires will be Alan Porter at home plate, Jim Wolf at first base, Greg Gibson at second base, Chris Guccione at third base, Cederstrom in left field, and Chad Fairchild in right field.
The rotation works such that home plate moves to right field, left field moves to third base, and the rest of the infield moves clockwise, so in Game 2 the crew will be Wolf behind the plate, Gibson at first, Guccione at second, Cederstrom at third, Fairchild in left and Porter in right.
Cederstrom was the home plate umpire for the 4+1 Game on Sept. 18, 2006 at Dodger Stadium.
For what it's worth, here is how the Dodgers and Mets did with the five potential home plate umpires behind the plate this season:
Dodgers were 2-2 with a 5.91, including two Carlos Frias starts, the Alex Wood blow-up start in Arizona, and a one-run, six-inning win for Brett Anderson.
The Mets lost their only game with Porter behind the plate, allowing seven runs in eight innings. Jon Niese got the loss, allowing three runs in six innings.
The Dodgers lost both games with Wolf behind the plate. One was a bullpen game started by Pedro Baez, and the other was a Zack Greinke start on June 13 in San Diego, in which Greinke struck out seven and allowed two runs in eight innings in a loss. Greinke followed that with a 45⅔-inning scoreless streak.
The Mets were 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA with Wolf behind the plate, though three of the starts were by Niese.
The Dodgers were 2-1 with a 3.12, including potential Game 3 starter Brett Anderson lasting a season-high eight innings, allowing two runs in a no-decision in Texas.
The Mets were 2-0 with a 1.33 with Gibson behind the plate, including one Noah Syndergaard start and a Niese starting.
Dodgers are 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA, including one of two non-quality starts by Greinke, allowing five runs in six innings.
The Mets were 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA, with one Niese start and one by Steven Matz, who allowed two runs in 5... innings on Sept. 6 in Miami, with six strikeouts
The Dodgers lost their only game with Cederstrom behind the plate, though Clayton Kershaw allowed just two runs in seven innings in a loss in San Francisco on April 28.
New York is 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA, though Jacob deGrom struck out eight in seven scoreless innings in his start, on April 18 in Miami.
The replay officials in New York for the division series are Kerwin Danley, Paul Nauert, Brian O'Nora and Tim Welke. Perhaps during their down time they can watch replays of Welke making this call:
A Dodger was ejected eight times during the regular season, including manager Don Mattingly four times. None of these six umpires were involved in those ejections.