What to look for: Mets vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 2 at 9:07 PM ET
The Mets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Division Series against the Dodgers on Saturday night at 9:07 PM ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Noah Syndergaard – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA) will start for the Dodgers.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
A win tonight for the Mets gives them a huge advantage heading home. They’d be up 2-0 with Matt Harvey on the hill Monday night in front of the home crowd. Teams with a 2-0 NLDS lead have won 21 of 22 series since 1995, and for the Mets to go home 2-0 and winning games pitched by both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would be an amazing feat on the part of the Mets.
It’s not going to be easy, but they showed on Friday if they can match the Dodgers pound-for-pound, these games are winnable.
It’s the biggest start of Syndergaard’s life, and if the conclusion to his 2015 season is any indication, he should be primed and ready to put on a show in Los Angeles tonight.
He has shown his road woes from earlier this season were merely an aberration, as he’s allowed just five earned runs in his last 19 2/3 innings away from Citi Field. He looks stronger, poised and focused than he has at any point in the season right now. Hopefully that translates to his start in Los Angeles, a place he won a game in against Kershaw during July 4th weekend.
Don’t let Greinke get comfortable.
As was the case against Kershaw on Friday night, expect the Mets to attack Greinke early and try and stay aggressive to avoid falling behind in sequences. He doesn’t walk batters and despite his incredible numbers in 2015, his strikeout rate is actually down this year by more than a strikeout per inning. So getting to him early and often should be the ticket.
Recall the Mets were the club that ended his 45 inning scoreless streak in late July and ended up winning that game in extra innings thanks to a game winner from Juan Uribe. So they should have added confidence they can conquer this feat and go home tonight on a happy note.