What to look for: Dodgers vs. Mets, NLDS Game 4 at 8:00 PM
The Mets will look to finish off their National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at 8:00 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
Steven Matz – LHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA in 2015) will start for the Mets.
Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 4.05 ERA in the postseason) will start for the Dodgers.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
A battle of lefties.
The fourth–and potential final–game of the 2015 NLDS between the Mets and Dodgers will feature a battle of left-handed starters as Steven Matz and Clayton Kershaw will take the mound.
Tonight will be Matz’s first major league appearance since September 24th as he’s dealt with a side issue, but in six starts at the big league level he’s impressed. One year after pitching coach Dan Warthen compared Matz to Kershaw, he now has the chance to face him and defeat him, which wound send this team to the NLCS.
On the other side of it, while Kershaw is starting on three-days rest and has a reputation for his postseason failures, I fully expect him to bring it tonight.
For six innings in Game One, Kershaw was absolutely brilliant, allowing just one run and striking out 11 Mets hitters. He faded late and allowed three walks in the 7th inning, but the final two runs he allowed were given up by Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez.
In addition to that, in two prior postseason starts that Kershaw’s made on three-days rest, he has a 2.24 ERA. If the Mets want to beat this guy for the second time in a four-day span, it’s not going to be easy.
On Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets have the opportunity to do something they haven’t done in 15 years, and that’s clinch a postseason series in their home ballpark.
With a win tonight, the Mets would do so for the first time since 2000, and head to the NLCS for the first time since the 2006 season.
As I said, it won’t be easy for this team as they’re facing Kershaw once again, and while Matz has yet to have a bad start at the big league level, you just don’t know what you’re going to get. However, the Mets need to take advantage of their 2-1 series edge.
While the Mets showed that they could win in Los Angeles earlier in this season and they would have their ace Jacob deGrom–who was dominant in his postseason debut–on the hill, you don’t want to have to go back out to the West Coast in a winner-take-all contest against the likely NL Cy Young Award winner in Zack Greinke.
Everything is right there for this team tonight. They have the 2-1 series lead. They’re playing at home in front of a hungry, electric fan base. The time is now.
Take the damn thing.