What to look for: Mets vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 1 at 9:45 PM ET
The Mets open their best of five National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Friday night at 9:45 pm ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – LF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA in 2015) will start for the Mets.
Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA in 2015) will start for the Dodgers.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
The key to success against any ace, especially a guy like Kershaw, is to attack early and often before he gets comfortable. That has to be the game plan for the Mets in game one as they embark on a monumental climb to conquer the mountain of Kershaw and Greinke.
Kershaw hasn’t proven to be particularly vulnerable in the first innings of his outings over the course of the season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to try and be a little extra aggressive, try to quiet the Dodger crowd down, and set the tone and direction of this game immediately.
Pound for pound.
This is forecasted to a be a tight game where runs are at a premium, so its critical the Mets match the Dodgers pound-for-pound, play tight defense behind deGrom and take advantage of any run scoring opportunity they’re given against Kershaw, who may or may not provide them with such a chance.
If that’s the case, the Mets can’t budge either.
Win at all costs.
The winner of game one in any NLDS has gone on to win 34 times in the 40 that have been played since 1995. As critical as any game three is, obviously winning tonight would put the Mets in a tremendously advantageous position, especially since the Dodgers would be playing two of the next three games on the road, a situation they haven’t been all that inspiring in 2015.
It’s not going to be easy, but this is what everyone in the city has been waiting for. So let’s go to work!