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Greinke, deGrom set to battle in decisive NLDS Game 5

Oct 15, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: Tied at 2-2
 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Mostly sunny, 74 degrees, wind 8 mph
Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) / LAD RHP Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA)

The 2015 MLB Playoffs just keep on getting better. Wednesday featured one of the most memorable postseason games in recent history and on the schedule for tonight is one of the best possible pitching matchups today’s game can offer.

The NL Cy Young award ballot will have both Jacob deGrom and Zack Greinke’s names up near the top, as both had tremendous seasons for their respective teams. Now the two right-handers square off in a do-or-die Game 5 that will determine who gets to take on the upstart Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.

Greinke, 31, led the National League in ERA and is coming off a strong performance in Game 2 of this NLDS. He went seven innings with two earned runs and eight strikeouts. The former Cy Young-winner has a 3.48 ERA in eight total playoff appearances.

deGrom pitched Game 1 of the series and led the Mets to victory with seven shutout innings and 13 strikeouts. That was also on the road in Los Angeles, where he will have to pitch tonight with both teams hoping to keep their season alive.

  1. Steady Eddie - Oct 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Chase, you need to rethink that “upstart” label. The Cubs won 97 games this year – which is five more than the Dodgers and seven more than the Mets.

    • NatsLady - Oct 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      Tough division, too, the NL Central… 97 wins only got ya third place.

  2. breakbad1 - Oct 15, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Watching these playoffs I realize the Nationals don’t belong on the same field with any of these teams. We are a jittery under-performing glass menagerie of compounded weaknesses.

  3. npb99 - Oct 15, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Kudos to the Cubs and Mets for advancing. But I am peeved that these teams, which all of a sudden became good after years of struggling, have immediately gone further than us in the playoffs. We’re four years into our window and still haven’t won a series. Yes, I’m whining.

    • adcwonk - Oct 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Just shows to go you that the playoffs are a crapshoot.

      Last night, the Mets pitching was great — but their hitting was completely shut-down, except for Murphy. Duda added on to his records of most K’s by any player in a divisional series (11 K’s in 18 AB’s). David Wright went 1-for-16.

      It’s all who’s hot, who’s cold, what pitcher is “on”, etc.

  4. sjm308 - Oct 16, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    No Clippard in either the 7th or 8th. Says a lot about his future in NY to me.

    • natsfan1a - Oct 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      I noticed that as well. They had him up in the ‘pen but he never came in.

    • NatsLady - Oct 16, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      Didn’t see that game, but noticed that in the box score. Collins brought in Syndergaard (a starter) and Familia for six outs–doesn’t trust Clip?

    • Nats Fan Zee - Oct 16, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      Yes … Terry Collins brought in his closer for the 7th and 8th and a starter for the 9th and the Mets won. Cilp has not been lights out lately so he changed the model for the victory. I hope Matt Williams was taking notes …..

      • sec112 - Oct 16, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        Starter (Thor) pitched 7th. Familia 8th and 9th.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Oct 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        You are correct …. I’m a bit mixed up today





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