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Both NLDS continue with Saturday doubleheader

Oct 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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NLDS GAME 2: CHICAGO CUBS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Series: Cardinals lead 1-0
Where:
 Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Gametime: 5:37 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 68 degrees, wind 3 mph
Starting pitchers: CHC RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) / STL LHP Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA)

The Cubs came into St. Louis on Friday a confident team fresh off a big win against the Pirates, but John Lackey and the Cardinals were too much in Game 1. Now the Cubs will send right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who is coming off his first full MLB season, to the mound looking to even things up.

Hendricks, 25, has faced the Cardinals four times in his brief MLB career. He has a 3.97 ERA with 10 earned runs surrendered in 22 2/3 innings. Four of those runs came in his only matchup with St. Louis this season on May 5.

Lefty Jaime Garcia will try and follow Lackey with another strong pitching performance. The southpaw has enjoyed a nice comeback year and has playoff experience, though he hasn’t pitched in the postseason since 2012.

NLDS GAME 2: NEW YORK METS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Series: Mets lead 1-0
Where:
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Gametime: 9:07 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 87 degrees, wind 10 mph
Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Noah Syndergaard (9–7, 3.24 ERA) / LAD RHP Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA)

Friday night featured a matchup of two superstar pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom and, perhaps unexpectedly, it was deGrom who came out on top with a 13-strikeout gem. Zack Greinke will get the ball next for Los Angeles hoping to lock this series at 1-1 before it heads back to a raucous Citi Field.

Greinke could very well win the NL Cy Young award for this season and is likely to be a free agent this winter. He has an opportunity on Saturday to remind everyone exactly how good he is.

Despite Greinke’s historic numbers this year, the Mets actually beat him in their only matchup. That was on July 26 when Greinke gave up two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Rookie Noah Syndergaard will take the mound for New York. He beat the Dodgers on July 6 at Los Angeles with six innings of one-run ball.

  1. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Garcia hasn’t pitched in the playoffs since 2012? Hmm. Oh right, he started Game 2 of the NLDS in St. Louis. LaRussa had a nice quick hook for him — he pinch hit for him in the bottom of the 2nd inning after Garcia had given up 2 hits and 3 walks, but just one run, in 2 innings pitched. The Cards scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 2nd and Lance Lynn came in to pitch in the 3rd. Zim and ALR hit back to back jacks in the 5th, but by then it was 7-1, and the Cards went on to win 12-4.

    Unorthodox managing in the playoffs wins baseball games.

    • Section 222 - Oct 10, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      Once again Garcia is pulled after two innings for Lynn. Matheny trying to channel his inner LaRussa.

      • natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Atta way, Cubbies. Atta way.

    • NatsNut - Oct 11, 2015 at 6:20 AM

      LaRussa retired in 2011.

      • Section 222 - Oct 11, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        Ah, good point. So it was Methany repeating himself last night, with similar results.

  2. Sonny G 10 - Oct 10, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Last night I rooted for the Dodgers and the Mets won. Now I’m wondering if I should root for the Mets to jinx them. I just don’t know if I can do that, though.

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I’m rooting against the Mets but can’t watch the late games, which makes it easier. 🙂

    • natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Easier to root for LA, that is.

  4. natslive - Oct 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Mets ahead 2-0 already

  5. natslive - Oct 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Dirty slide by Utley didn’t start it until he got to the base..

    • IsawTeddywin - Oct 11, 2015 at 12:46 AM

      Didn’t really want Met’s to win, but after that , hope they beat Dodgers around 10-0 next two games.

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Didn’t see the game, but thought of Jesus Flores when I read about it.

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