The NLDS will come down to the wire in a do or die, win or go home, type scenario at Dodger Stadium.
If Mets fans thought they had broken hearts leaving Citi Field Tuesday or turning off their television sets without securing a spot in the championship then they can only imagine the pain that the fans will have to endure in a Game 5 defeat.
The only trace of the 2006 Mets, the last Mets team to make playoffs, is third basemen David Wright, who may need to step up in Game 5.
Outside of a huge single in Game 1 he has been non-existent at the plate and if there was one anyone who was capable of doing damage against Kershaw it would have been lefty pitcher mashing Wright.
Looking ahead to Game 5 it’s easy to analyze the pitching matchups and make the assumption that the team that draws first blood in the game could win the series.
Two of the National League’s most dominant pitchers face off against each other in Zack Greinke and Jacob degrom. Both had stellar performances in their first playoff starts of this postseason.
Their starts attributed to a win for each team and have been anchors for their teams all year. There’s no better way then letting one of these finish what they started in what has been well deserving Game 5 nods for both players.
Jacob degrom (2.54, 14-8) vs Zack Greinke (1.66, 19-3)
Degrom did not allow a single run in his first postseason start against the Dodgers in Game 1 and is the most trustworthy pitcher in the rotation for the Mets in an elimination game. Greinke allowed solo home runs to Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto in his first postseason start but that was it in his strong performance.
With the home field advantage the Dodgers will make noise in Game 5 but will fall silently in this one. Mets win 2-0 and degrom will be only be mad because he didn’t get the ball in the ninth to finish off his shutout. Lucas Duda and Conforto will each have an RBI.