What to look for: Mets vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 5, at 8:07 PM ET

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The Mets will look for a Division Series win in the fifth game of their best-of-five series against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium tonight at 8:07 PM ET.


BaronHere 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
Wilmer Flores SS
Jacob deGrom RHP


Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Jacob deGrom (1-0, 0.00 ERA in the NLDS) will start for the Mets.

Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.57 ERA in the NLDS) will start for the Dodgers.


Mets vs DodgersHere’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight…

No guts, no glory.

Win or lose, the Mets need to leave it all out on the field in this do-or-die situation against the Dodgers.

They’re a confident bunch heading into this game five, and they’ve played so well on the road over the last 2 1/2 months, and they’re riding their ace to what they hope to be a successful next step into the NLCS on Saturday.

But if they’re going to lose, they need to make the Dodgers beat them. No mistakes, no bad decisions, and taking advantage of any crack Greinke and the Dodgers give them is the key to coming out on top in this one.

#HairWeGo in a big, big spot.

This is how the Mets planned the Division Series out, and the series potentially can play right into their hands with their best pitcher in 2015 on the mound.

DeGrom is 7-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 12 starts following a loss this season. The Mets, of course, are hoping that seven increments to an eight tonight.

He has shown no fear in the eyes of adversity throughout his young career to date, and he always seems to come up big in key spots for this club.

This is the biggest spot the club has been in since 2006. It’s unquestionably the biggest spot of deGrom’s life. And if he’s on and his stuff is electrifying as it was in game one, he’s going to be tough to beat.

Be creative, be opportunistic.

The fun thing about a winner-take-all game in a playoff series is anything is possible. At the first sign of trouble, Terry Collins and Don Mattingly are going to warm up another pitcher, perhaps an unexpected name for that situation at that. They’re going to try anything and everything to scratch runs across, think outside the box and try to beat each other to a bloody pulp in what should be a classic for the ages in Chavez Ravine.

For the Mets, anytime they get a baserunner, Terry Collins must be as creative as possible to create run-scoring opportunities. Bunting, hit and runs – anything it takes to crack Greinke and try and gain an advantage – should be considered in this one.

That is all. Here we go.

Let’s Go Mets!

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