Thoughts on the NLDS: New York Mets vs LA Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw had not been able to make his regular-season dominance translate into postseason glory, but that is changing this year. His dominant seven innings against the New York Mets in Game 4 on Tuesday led the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory that sends the series back west for a Game 5 in Chavez Ravine on Thursday night.
NY Mets vs L.A Dodgers Game Info
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Kershaw was pitching on short rest and made it through seven innings for the first time in his October starts. He struck out eight batters, permitting only three hits. The run came courtesy of a Daniel Murphy solo shot. This was his first postseason victory since October 3, 2013, ending a five-start streak of setbacks.
The Dodgers got into some trouble in the eighth with two walks given with two outs, but then closer Kenley Jansen came on to get Murphy to hit a pop fly to bring the inning to a close.
Justin Turner is giving his former employers in New York a lesson as to why they should not have let him go. In November 2013, the Mets non-tendered him so they wouldn’t have to give him what he would have gotten in an arbitration hearing, and the Dodgers picked him up in a minor league deal. Two years later, he is trying to kick the Mets out of the playoffs. He is 7 for 15 so far in this series, with four doubles – a Dodgers postseason record for doubles in a playoff series. He also turned in a great stop on a smoking ground ball from Wilmer Flores in the seventh inning.
- NY Mets is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Mets’s last 8 games
- NY Mets is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games on the road
- NY Mets is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- LA Dodgers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games at home
- LA Dodgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Mets
Has anyone seen Yasiel Puig? He was once one of the most exciting players in all of baseball. Now he just looks like a husk of his former self. He barely made the NLDS roster and probably would have stayed home if Scott Van Slyke would have been healthy. He got the start in Game 4 against lefty Steven Matz, but he has gone 0 for 6 so far in the NLDS with three strikeouts. His swings in batting practice haven’t even looked all that good. It’s doubtful that he will appear on the NLCS roster.
Game 5 is likely to be a dandy in terms of the pitching matchup. The Mets will roll out Jacob deGrom, who was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2014. In Game 1, he fanned 13 Dodgers on the way to a Met win. The Dodgers will feature Zack Greinke, who is on the short list of possible Cy Young Award winners in the National League this season. As is the case with so many Game 5’s, this is going to be a nail-biter all the way through.