Jacob deGrom outpitched three-time CY Young award winner Clayton Kershaw last night in the Mets’ first postseason appearance in nearly a decade. The Amazin's beat out the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1, in Dodger stadium and took the crucial game one of the short five game series.
DeGrom sure seems to live up to the hype. On baseballs biggest stage deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings.
"Before the game I was pretty nervous," said deGrom, "But once I got out there warming up, I kind of settled down. It really went away after the first pitch I threw."
DeGrom surrendered only five hits and one walk to the Dodgers. The right-hander's strikeouts tied the franchise playoff record set by Tom Seaver in Game 1 of the 1973 NL Championship Series.
"I've got a little more confidence out there," deGrom said. "There were a couple times tonight, 3-2, where I threw a couple change-ups. Last year I probably wouldn't have done that." Kershaw also added "I got outpitched,'' Kershaw said. "That's basically the moral of the story.''
Another major moment in last nights win game came from the captain David Wright. After missing significant time this year due to injuries he came up with a clutch single with the bases loaded to break open the game with two outs in the seventh. Two runs scored turning a one run lead into a 3-0 ballgame. "It's been nine years since I felt this," said Wright, after the game. "That's about as sweet as I thought it was going to be." Daniel Murphy also helped take their initial 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the forth.
The Dodgers were able to finally score 1 run in the eighth when Adrian Gonzalez hit a two out RBI single off Tyler Clippard. However Gonzalez struck out his first three plate appearances against deGrom. Jeurys Familia relieved Clippard and earned a four out save.
The Mets have won seven straight division-series games dating to 2000 and last night's win will greatly help the Mets extend this streak.
"To have him go out there against Clayton tonight and win the game is a huge lift for us," said Mets manager Terry Collins, "This is a good start for a team that hadn't been in the postseason for a long time. We needed a confidence boost and Jake gave it to us. Next up will be Greinke vs. Syndergaard in tonight’s game two matchup.