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NLDS Game 5 Recap: Mets 3, Dodgers 2, Mets advance to NLCS

The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a score of 3-2 in the decisive game 5 to advance to the National League Championship Series. Jacob deGrom was shaky early, but after giving up 2 first inning runs, settled down to work out of trouble on multiple occasions to get through 6. Daniel Murphy drove in the first run of the game with a 1st inning double, he scored the Mets’ 2nd run after a gutsy stolen base, and hit a solo home run in the 6th to put the Mets up 3-2 against Zack Greinke.

The Mets will face the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, with Game 1 Saturday at Citi Field.


Curtis Granderson led of the game with a replay-aided infield single, and was driven in on an opposite-field Daniel Murphy RBI double. Murphy went to 3rd on a fielding error by left fielder Kike Hernandez, but the Mets were unable to score again. The Mets took a 1-0 lead, but it didn’t last long. In the bottom of the 1st, after a line-drive out by Howie Kendrick, Jacob deGrom gave up consecutive singles to Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, and Andre Ethier to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. DeGrom escaped the threat though, striking out Yasmani Grandal and Kike Hernandez to end the inning.

DeGrom worked out of trouble time and time again, and worked out of a 2nd inning jam with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, striking out Seager and Gonzalez to end the threat. In the 3rd, he worked around a leadoff double and a 1-out steal of 3rd by Justin Turner, but after walking Yasmani Grandal, got Kike Hernandez to ground into a double play.

In the 4th, Daniel Murphy led off with a single, and after Zack Greinke retired Yoenis Cespedes, he walked Lucas Duda. However, the Dodgers played the shift on Duda, and after ball 4, when Murphy saw 3rd base was not being covered, Murphy stole 3rd. Murphy scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud to tie the game at 2.

DeGrom worked around a leadoff walk to Joc Pederson and a sacrifice bunt by Greinke in the 4th, and around a 1-out double by Justin Turner in the 5th. In the top of the 6th, Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. DeGrom retired the side in the bottom of the 6th, ending his night with 6 innings while allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs while striking out 7.

After the Mets left a couple runners on in the top of the 7th, Noah Syndergaard came on in relief and retired 3 of the 4 batters he faced, only losing Adrian Gonzalez on a 2-out walk. In the 8th, Terry Collins brought in Jeurys Familia for a 6-out save, and he did not disappoint. Familia retired all 6 batters he faced, striking out the last two to complete the Mets’ 3-2 victory.

WOW. I had some confidence in this game, but facing Greinke was certainly a tough task, especially when deGrom looked hittable early. The difference in this game was the heads-up play by Daniel Murphy in the 4th, taking 3rd after a walk when no one was covering with the shift in play. Murphy then hit a solo home run in the 6th to give the Mets the lead for good, his 3rd home run of this 5 game series. Forget Yoenis Cespedes, Mets fans may prefer they keep Murphy…

POSITIVES: The game starts and ends with Jacob deGrom and Daniel Murphy. DeGrom was hittable early, but got out of numerous jams throughout his night. The Dodgers were 2 for their first 2 with runners in scoring position, but 0 for their last 11. Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, had 2 RBI and 2 runs scored with a solo home run, a key stolen base, and a big RBI double in the 1st inning. Noah Syndergaard was very good in his one inning of relief, and Jeurys Familia was fantastic, retiring all 6 batters he faced. Familia retired all 16 batters he faced in this series.

NEGATIVES: The offense wasn’t strong today, but that’s to be expected off of Greinke. The Mets as a team were 0/4 with runners in scoring position. Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 wwith 3 strikeouts, and Lucas Duda was 0/3 with 2 strikeouts and a walk.

WPA Winners:

  • Daniel Murphy (.415)
  • Jeurys Familia (.306)
  • Noah Syndergaard (.101)

WPA Losers: Yoenis Cespedes (-.124)

Best Plays:

  • Daniel Murphy homers, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (.190)
  • Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, advances to 3rd on fielding error, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.151)
  • Kike Hernandez grounds into a double play, Dodgers up 2-1, 3rd inning (.105)

Worst Play: Justin Turner hits an RBI single, game tied 1-1, 1st inning (.108)


NLDS Game 5 Preview: deGrom vs. Greinke

The Mets take on the Dodgers in game 5 of the National League Division Series. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) faces off against Zack Greinke (1.66 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 0.84 WHIP, 222 2/3 IP over 32 starts). After a 3-1 loss for the Mets on Tuesday, the series is currently tied at 2 games apiece.



  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)


  1. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  4. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  5. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  6. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  7. Kike Hernandez, LF (R)
  8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  9. Zack Greinke, P (R)

In 21 innings over 3 starts against the Mets (including Game 2), Zack Greinke has held the Mets to only 4 runs, while Jacob deGrom has now shut the Dodgers out over 14 2/3 innings this season (including Game 1), with 21 strikeouts.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 4 Recap: Dodgers 3, Mets 1

The Dodgers defeated the Mets by a score of 3-1, forcing a game 5 that will take place on Thursday in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw went 7 strong innings, striking out 9, and allowing only a solo home run to Daniel Murphy. Steven Matz went 5 and allowed 3 runs in the 5th inning, on RBI hits by Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner. In game 5, Jacob deGrom will face off against Zack Greinke.


Kershaw and Matz came strong out of the gate, each going through the first two innings with ease. Matz ran into trouble in the 3rd though, allowing a 1-out single to Clayton Kershaw, and 2-out singles to Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez to make it 1-0 Dodgers. Justin Turner followed with a 2-run double to make it 3-0.

The Mets got their run in the 4th, when Daniel Murphy took Clayton Kershaw deep for the second time in this series. The Mets brought themselves closer, making it 3-1. However, that’s all the Mets would get, as Kershaw, Chris Hatcher, and Kenley Jansen shut them down through the remainder of the game. The Mets had a scoring opportunity in the 8th, after Hatcher walked Curtis Granderson with 2 outs, and Jansen walked David Wright. However, Daniel Murphy flew out to right to end the threat, and Jansen closed out with a 1-2-3 ninth.

POSITIVES: Murphy had his 2nd home run against Kershaw in the series, and only his 3rd home run against a lefty all season. A line drive single by Juan Lagares and an infield chopper by Yoenis Cespedes were the only other hits the Mets had on the night. Bartolo Colon pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning each.

NEGATIVES: Steven Matz was solid but shaky, and gave up all 3 runs with two outs in the 3rd. The Mets offense wasn’t able to do anything against Dodgers pitching, save for Daniel Murphy.

Jacob deGrom faces off against Zack Greinke on Thursday in the final game of the 5-game series.

WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers:

Best Play: None over .100

Worst Plays:

  • Justin Turner hits a 2-run double, Dodgers up 3-0, 3rd inning (.195)
  • Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI single, Dodgers up 1-0, 3rd inning (.126)

NLDS Game 4 Preview: Matz vs. Kershaw

The Mets take on the Dodgers at 8:07 at Citi Field, in game 4 of the NLDS. Southpaws Steven Matz (2.27 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.23 WHIP in 35 2/3 IP over 6 starts) and Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 0.88 WHIP in 232 2/3 IP over 33 starts) square off. The Mets currently hold a 2-1 series lead in this best-of-five series.



  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Steven Matz, P (R)


  1. Kike Hernandez, CF (R)
  2. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  4. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  5. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  6. Yasiel Puig, RF (R)
  7. A.J. Ellis, C (R)
  8. Justin Ruggiano, LF (R)
  9. Clayton Kershaw, P (L)

Steven Matz faced the Dodgers once, in his 2nd major league start. He shut the Dodgers out through 6, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. The Mets, including game 1 of the NLDS, have now faced Kershaw 3 times this season. They have scored 4 runs against him in 22 2/3 innings, with 12 hits, 6 walks, and 29 strikeouts. However, the Mets have now won in 2 of their 3 games against Kershaw this season.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 3 Recap: Mets 13, Dodgers 7

The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a score of 13-7, taking game 3 of the NLDS to take a 2-1 series lead. The Mets fell down 3-0 in the 2nd, on a 2-run single by Yasmani Grandal, on which a 3rd run scored due to a Curtis Granderson throwing error. However, the Mets came right back in the bottom of the 2nd, scoring four on an RBI single by Travis d’Arnaud and a 3-run double by Curtis Granderson. From there, the Mets didn’t look back, scoring a postseason franchise record 13 runs (including 5 RBI by Curtis Granderson, tying a Mets postseason record).


After both pitchers retired the side in the 1st inning, the Dodgers got to Matt Harvey with four consecutive singles in the 2nd, scoring 3 runs. The fourth single was a 2-run single by Yasmani Grandal, on which Curtis Granderson’s throw to 3rd got away, allowing a 3rd runner to score. Harvey got out of the inning, and the Mets came right back in the bottom of the 2nd. Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda singled, before Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single to get the Mets on the board. Wilmer Flores singled to load the bases, and Brett Anderson got Juan Lagares to ground into a forceout at home. Matt Harvey struck out, but Curtis Granderson hit a bases-clearing double to right center, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Matt Harvey worked around a walk and a single in the 3rd, before the Mets tacked on 2 more with Travis d’Arnaud’s 2-run home run to left. The Mets had a 6-3 lead, and wouldn’t stop there. In the 4th, Juan Lagares led off with a double off of reliever Alex Wood, and with 2 outs, Wood intentionally walked David Wright. Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to left, scoring Lagares, and setting up a 3-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes, a shot that landed in the 2nd deck. The Mets led 10-3.

Harvey was finished after only 5 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) and 2 walks while striking out 7. Bartolo Colon came on to pitch the 6th and struck out the side, but he allowed a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the 7th. The Dodgers cut the lead to 10-4, but the Mets tacked on again in the bottom of the inning. After d’Arnaud, Flores, and Lagares loaded the bases with a single and two walks, respectively, pinch hitter Michael Conforto hit a sacrifice fly, and Curtis Granderson hit a 2-run double off the left field wall. The Mets had a 13-4 lead.

Addison Reed pitched a clean 8th before Erik Goeddel ran into trouble in the 9th. Goeddel allowed consecutive singles before allowing a 3-run home run to Howie Kendrick. Another single signaled the end of the night for Goeddel, and Jeurys Familia got the next 3 batters to close out the 13-7 victory.

POSITIVES: Curtis Granderson was 2/5 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI and continues his torrid postseason. Travis d’Arnaud came out of his funk nicely with a 3/5 performance with a home run, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Wilmer Flores was 2/3 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored, and Juan Lagares was 1/3 with a double, as walk, and 3 runs scored. Yoenis Cespedes was 3/5 with a home run, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Matt Harvey battled through 5 and Bartolo Colon was solid out of the bullpen despite giving up a solo home run. Addison Reed had a nice bounce-back effort. Jeurys Familia retired all 3 batters he faced.

NEGATIVES: Erik Goeddel looked very hittable in the 9th, leaving his pitches up and allowing hits to all 4 batters he faced, including a 3-run home run. Lucas Duda looks lost at times, and was 1/5 tonight with 4 strikeouts (but he did have a single against the lefty Anderson).

The Mets and Dodgers play game 4 tomorrow at 8:07 at Citi Field with Steven Matz facing off against Clayton Kershaw.

WPA Winners:

  • Travis d’Arnaud (.294)
  • Curtis Granderson (.290)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (.112)

WPA Loser: Matt Harvey (-.155 pitching, -.103 batting, -.258 total)

Best Plays:

  • Curtis Granderson hits a 3-run double, Mets up 4-3, 2nd inning (.323)
  • Travis d’Arnaud hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 6-3, 3rd inning (.189)
  • Travis d’Arnaud hits an RBI single, Mets down 3-1, 2nd inning (.106)

Worst Play: Yasmani Grandal hits a 2-run single, 3 runs score, error on Curtis Granderson. Dodgers up 3-0, 2nd inning (-.162)

NLDS Game 3 Preview: Harvey vs. Anderson

The Mets take on the Dodgers at 8:37 PM at Citi Field. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) takes on lefty Brett Anderson (3.69 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, 180 1/3 IP over 31 starts) The Mets and Dodgers split the first two games of the best-of-five series.

Lineups:Matt Harvey


  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)


  1. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  2. Jimmy Rollins, SS (S)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  4. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  5. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  6. Carl Crawford, LF (L)
  7. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  8. Kike Hernandez, CF (R)
  9. Brett Anderson, P (L)

Ruben Tejada, after breaking his leg on Saturday, will not need surgery and should be ready for spring training. The Mets have called up Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, who should he see game action, would be only the 2nd player in the modern era to make his major league debut in the postseason. Juan Lagares gets the start over Michael Conforto against the lefty, and Michael Cuddyer sits with sub-par numbers against Anderson for his career. Cuddyer is also likely sitting after his two defensive misplays in game 1.

For the Dodgers, it was announced that Clayton Kershaw will start game 4 on 3-days rest, while Zack Greinke will start game 5 on regular rest if needed. Chase Utley is appealing his suspension, and the appeal will not be heard before today or tomorrow’s games, therefore he is available to play.

The Mets did not face Brett Anderson in the 2015 season, but Matt Harvey faced the Dodgers twice, allowing 5 runs in 12 innings. In those two starts, Harvey allowed home runs to Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, and Jimmy Rollins.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 2 Recap: Dodgers 5, Mets 2, Utley breaks Tejada’s leg with takeout slide

The Dodgers defeated the Mets by a score of 5-3 to even the series at 1 game apiece. The Mets jumped ahead with home runs by Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto in the 2nd inning, but the Dodgers stormed back in the 7th inning against Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Addison Reed with an assist by Chase Utley‘s late slide, the umpiring crew, and the replay umpires.


The Mets jumped out to the early lead with solo home runs by Cespedes and Conforto in the 2nd, but that would be all they would get on the night. Noah Syndergaard struck out 9 over 6 1/3 innings and worked in and out of trouble throughout the night.

Syndergaard left after 6 1/3, after having allowed 1 run, but he left runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Terry Collins opted to go to Bartolo Colon to face Howie Kendrick, who hit a grounder up the middle fielded by Daniel Murphy. Murphy flipped to Ruben Tejada for the forceout, but before he could try and turn what would have been a difficult double play, Chase Utley took him out on a late slide, allowing the game tying run to score and breaking Tejada’s fibula. In a baffling turn of events, the forceout was overturned on replay after video review showed Tejada did not touch 2nd base. Neither Utley nor Tejada touched 2nd, but Utley was ruled safe. What followed was a flyout by Corey Seager, but then a 2-run double by Adrian Gonzalez and an RBI double by Justin Turner. The Dodgers took a 5-3 lead, and didn’t look back.

A few things:

  • Double play should have been called on interference. Utley tried to reach 2nd base, but couldn’t. It should have constituted an interference and an automatic double play
  • Ruben Tejada missed the base, but so did Chase Utley. Tejada was in the process of trying to turn two, which would make the call a neighborhood play. Neighborhood plays are explicitly not reviewable. Therefore, the replay review never should have happened.
  • Chase Utley, despite never having touched the base, was ruled safe. Utley was ruled safe, since after the initial out call, there was no need for him to touch 2nd. According to Joe Torre, had a Mets player tagged Utley when he was walking off the field, he would have been called out. For some reason, the Mets should have tagged a player who was already out, but Chase Utley did not need to touch 2nd base when already out.

Take that for what you will. Some links:

POSITIVES: Cespedes and Conforto hit some nice shots against Greinke. Syndergaard looked shaky at times, but strong overall. Jon Niese got a big strikeout in the 7th, even though the damage had already been done before he entered the game. Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless 8th. Curtis Granderson was once again 2/3 with a walk.

NEGATIVES: Addison Reed did not help matters in the 7th, when he allowed 3 runs to score after getting the 2nd out. Of course, with two outs, one could argue that the runs should never have scored. David Wright as 0/4, Lucas Duda 0/3, and Travis d’Arnaud 0/3 with 3 strikeouts. Ruben Tejada has a broken fibula and, presumably, is out for the season.

Game 3 is Monday at 8:37 PM at Citi Field, with Matt Harvey facing Brett Anderson.

WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers:

  • Addison Reed (-.308)
  • David Wright (-.155)
  • Bartolo Colon (-.152)

Best Plays:

  • Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 2nd inning (.116)
  • Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-0, 2nd inning (.109)

Worst Play:

  • Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run double, Dodgers up 4-2, 7th inning (-.327)
  • Howie Kendrick hits an RBI fielder’s choice, Game tied 2-2, 7th inning (-.152)
  • Andre Ethier hits an RBI double, Mets up 2-1, 4th inning (-.134)
  • Chase Utley singled, Kike Hernandez advances to 3rd, Mets up 2-1, 7th inning (-.108)