LA Dodgers (1-2) at NY Mets (2-1)
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 8:05 ET
TV: TBS Radio: XM 183, 89, 80
The New York Mets bounced back nicely last night from their Game 2 nightmare in Los Angeles with a 13-7 win over the Dodgers last night setting up a potential series ender tonight. The Mets bashed starter Brett Anderson and reliever Alex Wood for 10 runs on 11 hits in the first four innings en route to the win. Curtis Granderson, who is hitting .545 in the series, lined a 3-run double off the wall to break things open after the Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud each went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI including a homerun for the both of them. Wilmer Flores, who is filling in for the injured Ruben Tejeda, contributed two hits and scored twice. Matt Harvey pitched 5 innings and struck out seven for the win.
The Dodgers will turn to Clayton Kershaw tonight in a must win or go home game. Kershaw has been brilliant in his career against the Mets, but has struggled mightily in the postseason. He’s posted a 4.99 ERA in 12 career appearances (nine starts). Kershaw has lost five consecutive starts over the last three postseasons and allowed three runs and four hits while striking out 11 over 6 2/3 innings in Game 1. The Mets will go with rookie Steven Matz who has 6 career regular season starts. He was 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA this season including a win in Dodger Stadium in his second career start on July 5th. He pitched 6 shutout innings in that game while striking out 8. Matz has not pitched since September 24th and will probably be on a short leash with Jon Niese backing him up.
It’s hard to against Kershaw, but his postseason record is really concerning. The Mets bats woke up last night and we’ve seen in the regular season that when they got hot, they’re hard to cool off. Cespedes’ homerun and 3 hits last night was a big confidence boost for him and they team. I think the Mets take it tonight in a very close exciting game.
Pick: Mets +140