NLDS Game 4 Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

The Mets can move on to the NLCS with a victory tonight!

The sporting world wanted to know how the Mets would respond to Utley breaking Tejada’s leg on Saturday, and the Mets responded by breaking out the bats. After a clean first inning, Harvey struggled in the top of the second allowing 4 straight hits plus an error from Granderson leading to a 3-0 Dodgers lead. The Mets immediately responded with 4 straight hits, bringing the score to 3-1 and then Granderson cleared the bases on a double making it 4-3 Mets. Later, d’Arnaud would hit a two run shot and Cespedes would hit an absolute bomb to the outfield putting the game out of reach 10-3, the final score being 13-7.

Steven Matz will make his post season debut tonight. On the season he is 4-0 over 6 starts with a 2.27 ERA over 35.2 innings. He missed his final start (or final two starts, he was at the end of the rotation) of the season due to a back injury and there was some debate whether he would be ready for the post-season ball. After a “rough” first couple of innings in a simulated game in Florida, by all reports he was on fire. His second start of his career was against the Dodgers where he held them to 2 hits over 6.0 innings while striking out 8. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Hernandez 1-3
  • Kendrick 0-3
  • Puig 0-3
  • Turner 0-3
  • Pedersn 0-2

The Mets will get Kershaw on short rest. In the regular season, Kershaw was 16-7 over 33 games with a 2.13 ERA while tossing a league leading 4 complete games and 3 complete game shutouts. In the first game of the postseason he allowed 3 ER over 6.2 innings, striking out 11. In the 2013 postseason he pitched on 3 days rest in a game 4 allowing 2 runs, none earned over 6.0. He did this again in 2014 allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • Wright 3-16, 2B
  • Cuddyer 4-19
  • Granderson 3-13
  • K Johnson 3-15, HR
  • Duda 2-12
  • Murphy 4-13, HR
  • Flores 3-6

Let’s Go Mets! Close This Out!

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