NLDS Game 1 Recap: Mets 3, Dodgers 1

The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a score of 3-1 to take game 1 of the National League Division Series. Jacob deGrom threw 7 shutout innings while striking out 13, allowing only 5 hits and 1 walk (intentional). Clayton Kershaw threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs while striking out 11. When he left the game, Kershaw had allowed only 1 run, a solo home run to Daniel Murphy, but Pedro Baez inherited a bases loaded 2-out situation and gave up a 2-run single to David Wright.


Both pitchers came out of the gate dealing, with deGrom striking out 6 through the first two innings and Kershaw striking out 4. Both pitchers worked around baserunners in the early innings, with deGrom working around a leadoff double by Justin Turner in the 2nd (a ball Michael Cuddyer should have caught). Kershaw worked around a 1-out single and deGrom around a 2-out double in the 3rd, before Daniel Murphy took Kershaw deep to lead off the 4th inning. The Mets took a 1-0 lead.

From there onward, deGrom and Kershaw matched zeros until the 7th inning. Lucas Duda drew a leadoff walk and advanced to 2nd on a Michael Cuddyer groundout. Ruben Tejada walked, allowing Jacob deGrom to bunt the runners over (even though he had thrown over 100 pitches at that point). Curtis Granderson drew Kershaw’s 3rd walk of the inning before David Wright lined a 2-run single up the middle against reliever Pedro Baez. The Mets took a 3-0 lead, while deGrom added another couple strikeouts in a clean 7th inning to finish with 13 on the night (which ties a Mets postseason record, Tom Seaver in 1973). It was the first time in MLB postseason history that both starting pitchers had 11+ strikeouts, and only the 2nd time both had 10+ strikeouts.

In the 8th, Tyler Clippard allowed a 1-out double by Howie Kendrick and a 2-out RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez to cut the lead to 3-1, before Jeurys Familia was brought on for a 4-out save. Familia retired all four batters he faced to complete the 3-1 victory.

POSITIVES: Jacob deGrom was absolutely dominant, matching Kershaw pitch by pitch and working out of some key jams. Despite a high pitch count, deGrom threw 7 shutout innings to help the Mets to a victory. Familia was fantastic, and after a soft liner in the 8th, got 3 straight ground balls in the 9th. Curtis Granderson had a fantastic game against the toughest lefty in the game, and was 2/3 with a key walk (the one out was a line drive to deep right field). Daniel Murphy and David Wright came through with key hits, with Murphy taking advantage of a rare Kershaw mistake. Murphy also made a couple of solid plays at 1st base in the 9th.

NEGATIVES: Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 with 3 strikeouts, and Travis d’Arnaud also had trouble with an 0/4 game. Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with a strikeout, but made a misplay in the 2nd inning before not reaching a fly-ball double in the 3rd. Tyler Clippard looked hittable, giving up line drives to 3 out of 4 batters he faced.

The Mets take Game 1 and a 1-0 series lead. Tomorrow at 9:07, Noah Syndergaard faces off against Zack Greinke.

WPA Winners:

  • Jacob deGrom (.407 pitching, -.066 batting, .341 total)
  • David Wright (.148)
  • Jeurys Familia (.114)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • David Wright hits a 2-run single, Mets up 3-0, 7th inning (.177)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 4th inning (.139)

Worst Play: None under -.100


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