Posted by keithosaunders on October 15, 2015
This is the 3rd playoff series between the Mets and the Dodgers. The first, in 1988, featured Orel Hershiser pitching a complete game gem in the 7th and deciding game. Who can forget Mike Scioscia’s shocking, game-tying home run off of Dwight Gooden in game 4; a game the Mets lost in 12 innings. (Kirk Gibson’s 12th inning home run was the difference)
In 2006, which was the last time the Mets were in the post season, they swept the Dodgers in the NLDS. There are two players, one from each roster, that are playing in this current series. They are Andre Ethier and David Wright. That 2006 Dodger squad included veterans Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent, and Nomar Garciaparra. The Mets had a more youthful lineup, featuring Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and the aforementioned Wright. Their roster also included veterans Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd. That Mets team would go on to lose a heartbreaking NLCS to the St Louis Cardinals and the next two years they would suffer gut wrenching late-season collapses.
This brings us to tonight’s series-deciding epic matchup between another veteran Dodgers team and an upstart young Mets club. Jacob deGrom versus Zack Greinke. If deGrom falters manager Terry Collins will use Noah Syndergaard and even Matt Harvey. (Scott Boras be damned) I imagine big Bartolo will be on hand as well – anything it takes to get to the one pitcher that matters the most: Jeurys Familia. For if he is in the game that’s a good sign that the Mets have a lead and what was once unthinkable — a trip to the NLCS — may yet come to pass.
Let’s go METS!!!