What to look for: Dodgers vs. Mets, NLDS Game 3 at 8:37 PM
The Mets will look for a pivotal win in game three of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday night at 8:37 PM at Citi Field.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Wilmer Flores – SS
Juan Lagares – CF
Matt Harvey – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA in 2015) will start for the Mets.
Brett Anderson (10-9, 3.69 ERA in 2015) will start for the Dodgers.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
Containment of emotions.
The Mets got really burned in a lot of ways on Saturday night in Los Angeles. There’s no question about it. They were angry, they were upset, they were sad for their teammate who broke his leg.
And, they lost the game in all of this too.
The club needs to contain themselves on focus on the task at hand on Monday night. They’re home, they have their horse on the mound, Citi Field will be electric, and it should be a very, very positive atmosphere for them to thrive in. But they have to control and contain their emotions and focus the energy on the task at hand.
The winner of game three in a five-game series tied at one a piece has gone on to win 75 percent of the time. It’s a critical, critical moment in time for the Mets, and they have to capture their moment and seize control of this series with a win on Monday.
And it’s only the biggest Harvey Day, well, ever.
He is pitching in the most pivotal and potentially biggest game for the franchise in nine years. He’s tasked with controlling the tempo, pace and momentum of this game, and pitch like the ace he is and thinks he is.
This is what he’s wanted and dreamed about since spring training – a chance to win and win in the playoffs under the national spotlight for everyone to see. He’s been mostly dominant in his last three starts, but expect him to be very amped in the first inning. Can he control himself, locate and get those big outs to keep the Dodgers from scoring?
That’s his job tonight.
Break out of the home field whammy.
The Mets have stunk at home since mid-July. They’re just 15-16 at Citi Field since July 25, scoring only 118 runs in those 31 games. They’ve lost 15 of their last 21 home games since mid-August. But these are the playoffs, where all bets are off and everything starts from scratch. It’s a different intensity with high stakes and a hungry home crowd waiting to break out in mass celebration. The Mets should be able to feed off that energy and break out of this funk they’ve found themselves in in Flushing as a result.