With a 2-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Amazins’ are only one game away from their first NLCS berth since 2006.
Citi Field looks to be another sell out tonight and the pressure falls on the Dodgers. The Mets offense looks to remain hot after scoring a franchise playoff record 13 runs last night. With a #WinForRuben mentality, New York has a chip on their shoulder and they are going to get down to business.
Now that the Mets have the Dodgers against the ropes, they need to go for the knockout punch. The Mets give the ball to native Long Islander and rookie, Steven Matz, who holds a 4-0 record with a 2.27 ERA, in only six big league starts. Matz will be going up against game one starter, Clayton Kershaw, who gave up three ER over 6.2 innings pitched, striking out 11 batters. Kershaw in the Postseason is 1-6 with a 4.99 ERA over his career.
The Mets are being put to the test in tonight’s game. If they lose tonight, they will give Los Angeles the momentum going back home for the deciding game. With Zack Greinke for the Dodgers, and Jacob deGrom for the Mets in line to start Game 5, it would certainly be a pitcher’s duel to remember. Long story short, the Mets do not need to uproot cross country to face one of the best pitchers in the show on the West Coast. They must go into tonight with a must-win mindset and begin to focus on the NLCS.
New York would be taking on either the Chicago Cubs, or the St. Louis Cardinals, in the best of seven series, to see who will rise up and clinch a berth to the World Series.
If it wasn’t for the infamous tackle by Dodgers Chase Utley, that broke the leg of Mets shortstop, Ruben Tejada, New York just may have swept the series. This put a strain on the Mets preparing to go forward into the next step towards the World Series. Unfortunately that is not the case. With New York riding high after last night’s victory, they should have all the confidence in the world to go out and win tonight’s game.
With a young staff and a hard throwing pitching rotation, including the arms of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz, all who throw north of 95 MPH, the Mets have that swagger you need to win a World Series. Syndergaard lead the league in average velocity among starting pitchers with a 97.1 MPH fastball. deGrom and Harvey can very well to be considered aces, while Matz is no joke, even as a rookie. The Mets, by far lead the league in percent of pitches of 95 MPH or above, at 21.13% that tops the Cleveland Indians who are second with 13.50% by far. deGrom throws an average fastball at 95.0 MPH, Harvey who is second on the team and third in the league with an average fastball of 95.9 MPH, and Matz who sits with an average speed of 94.3 MPH. The four main starters for the Mets playoff rotation finished the season with a combined record of 40-23 with a sub 3.00 ERA. The Mets pitchers are young, but know how to pitch when the pressure is on. You just have to wait and see if they have what it takes to lead the Amazins’ to a title.
Only one question left to answer, do you believe?