The New York Mets already "stole one on the road" against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of their NL Division Series in the Major League Baseball. On Saturday, the Mets will try to get greedy and will go for their second straight win against the host at the Dodgers Stadium at 9pm ET/6 pm PT on TBS in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The Mets will be clinching for a 2-0 lead in the New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers best-of-five series. If the Mets manage to subdue the Dodgers, they will be enjoying a huge psychological advantage. Only one team has ever come back from a 0-2 deficit in the National League Division Series with the Giants taking the distinction in 2012.
"To me, it's just all about getting comfortable out there on the mound, on the road," said rookie Noah Syndergaard. "I feel like in the last couple starts I had on the road, I had a lot of success, lot of comfort."
The 23-year-old Syndergaard was given the ball by the Mets after their 3-1 victory against the Dodgers on Friday. He will become the fourth youngest to start a postseason game in franchise history -- and the youngest since Dwight Gooden in the 1986 World Series.
Friday's loss against the Mets was especially hurtful for Clayton Kershaw who struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings but was still no match against Jacob deGrom. deGrom struck out 13 over 121 pitches in seven innings, allowing the Mets to have five hits and overcoming a pair of misplays by left fielder Michael Cuddyer that were scored as doubles. deGrom's 13 strikeouts tied Tom Seaver's Mets postseason record set against Cincinnati in 1973. It was the first game in postseason history in which both starters struck out at least 11.
MLB.com said, "Kershaw, 11-1 over his previous 17 starts, has a 1-6 career record in the postseason. He made 113 pitches and allowed four hits, all by left-handed batters, including Daniel Murphy's home run on a 2-0 fastball leading off the fourth inning. Kershaw walked four, three in the seventh inning, with two of those scoring on David Wright's single off reliever Pedro Baez."
The Cy Young Award candidate Zack Greinke, with career 3.63 ERA in the postseason, has shrugged off the team's loss in Game 1 and is looking at Game 2 with a fresh perspective.
"Experience kind of helps, being in the playoffs, because I do sort of treat it similar to just a regular game -- or I try to as much as possible -- where the first time in the playoffs is a little bit different," said Greinke, whose 1.66 ERA this season was the best in 20 years. "I feel it's helped out, just trying to keep it similar to just any other game."
Greinke faced New York twice this season, allowing two runs in 14 innings.
Greinke said he would not consider the season a success with anything short of the Dodgers winning their first World Series since 1998. "I've felt that way the last couple years, and I think that's how people in the clubhouse feel," Greinke said. "We should have done better the last couple years. But this year, our team is really good also."
Watch online: MLB.com (subscription required; $4.99 for all postseason minus World Series).
Radio: Cubs Radio Network, WBBM 780, ESPN Radio; CRN, KMOX 1120.
To watch TBS in Central New York:
Time Warner: Channel 104 (SD & HD) and channel 17 for non-digital customers
Verizon Fios: Channel 552 (HD) and 52 (SD)
DirectTV: Channel 247 (SD & HD)
Dish Network: Channel 139 (SD &HD)
New Visions: Channel 673 (HD) and 126 (SD)