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Playoff Gameday Thread, #5: Let's go, Mets!

Your mileage may vary, especially with regard to the Cubs/Cardinals, but I declare myself entirely happy with the way the first games in both NLDS went. Here's to more of the same today. Particularly the bit where the Dodgers lose.

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2:37pm, TBS. Game 2: Cardinals lead 1-0
Kyle Hendricks
RHP, 8-7, 3.95
Jamie Garcia
LHP, 10-6, 2.43
Dexter Fowler - CF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Jorge Soler - RF Stephen Piscotty - RF
Kris Bryant - 3B Matt Holliday - LF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jason Heyward - CF
Starlin Castro - 2B Jhonny Peralta - SS
Austin Jackson - LF Brandon Moss - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Yadier Molina - C
Kyle Hendricks - RHP Kolten Wong - 2B
Addison Russell - SS Jaime Garcia - LHP

The Cardinals succeeded in putting a dent the Cubs Back to the Future-fueled hopes yesterday, holding them to just three hits. But they'll be facing a unique challenge this afternoon, as Hendricks becomes the first starting pitcher in the century-plus history of the post-season to bat eighth. That's kinda cool, but I sincerely doubt it will have much impact on the outcome, especially if the Cubs offense is as flat as yesterday. This is probably close to a must-win game for the Cubs, as they've never won a playoff series in team history after dropping the first two contests. Mind you, if this is going to be a season for them to end streaks, might as well end a few!

6:07pm, TBS. Game 2: Mets lead 1-0
Noah Syndergaard
RHP, 9-7, 3.24
Zack Greinke
LHP, 19-3, 1.66
Curtis Granderson - RF Howie Kendrick - 2B
David Wright - 3B Corey Seager - SS
Daniel Murphy - 2B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Yoenis Cespedes - CF Justin Turner - 3B
Lucas Duda - 1B Andre Ethier - RF
Travis d'Arnaud - C Carl Crawford - LF
Michael Conforto - LF Yasmani Grandal - C
Ruben Tejada - SS Enrique Hernandez - CF
Noah Syndergaard - RHP Zack Greinke - RHP

Ah, the bitter, bitter tears of Dodgers fans are sweet nectar to me, especially when garnished with the puppy-like face of Sad Clayton Kershaw in the dugout. But it's nothing compared to the joy I would feel if the Mets can also beat Greinke this afternoon. For justification, one need look no further than the pictures of the two starting pitchers on their respective pages, which are a contrast

One of these looks like the kind of guy it would be fun to hang out with, quaff some beers and shoot pool. The other looks like the kind of guy it would be fun to start fires with, off some steers and shoot bystanders. "Lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'," to borrow a famous line. It's not an exaggeration to say that humanity's very fate teeters in balance, hinging on the result of tonight's contest. Well, not much of an exaggeration, anyway...