5:07pm, TBS. Game 2: Mets lead 1-0
|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||Yasmani Grandal - C|
|Michael Conforto - LF||Enrique Hernandez - LF|
|Wilmer Flores - SS||Joc Pederson - CF|
|Jacob deGrom - RHP||Zack Greinke - RHP|
The last game in the division series, and it will have quite some way to go, if this one is to match the Texas-Toronto Game 5, in terms of controversy, drama and, in particular, bat flips [Really, I'm no fan of the "show-off" approach to sports, but if ever it was justified, I think that home-run probably was a perfectly legitimate occasion] But I don't really care about the dramatic qualities of this one. I would be perfectly happy - indeed, might well even prefer - a nice, low-intensity blowout by the Mets, torching Greinke and leaving him in need of the copious application of some nice Aloe Vera.
deGrom certainly proved up to the task in Game 1, beating Kershaw with seven shutout innings and 13 strikeouts. But he'll probably need to be as good again here, since Greinke allowed two runs over his seven innings of work in Game 2, and after Kershaw's win on short rest, the travel day means he'll be working on his regular rotation. There hasn't been much to choose between the teams thus far; while the Dodgers have been outscored by the Mets, 19-16, the gap in OPS is a good deal closer, with New York only 15 points better, .660 to .645. I suspect one big performance will decide it. Let's just hope it's for the visitors.