Oct 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
NLDS GAME 2: CHICAGO CUBS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Series: Cardinals lead 1-0
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Gametime: 5:37 p.m.
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.
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.
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