Mets @ Dodgers Oct. 10, 2015: NLDS Game 2

Last night was a great baseball game. There was a little bit of everything for all baseball fans — except the whole “Dodgers winning” part.

Mets
Dodgers
6:07 p.m., TBS
Los Angeles
RF
Granderson
2B
Kendrick
3B
Wright
SS
Seager
2B
Murphy
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Cespedes
3B
Turner
1B
Duda
RF
Ethier
C
d’Arnaud
LF
Crawford
LF
Conforto
C
Grandal
SS
Tejada
CF
Hernandez
P
Syndergaard (R)
P
Greinke (R)

So, like last year’s NLDS, Zack Greinke is being asked to (basically) save the Dodgers’ season. He responded with seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers won on the strength of an eighth-inning Matt Kemp home run.

The offense struggled mightily against Jacob deGrom last night, but it wasn’t without its chances. There were plenty of opportunities when one base hit would have scored the Dodgers a run. Alas, they didn’t score until deGrom was out of the game, but it was too late.

Aside from a change in left field, the Mets are employing a pretty similar lineup. The Dodgers dropped Carl Crawford from the leadoff spot and inserted Yasmani Grandal at catcher (for A.J. Ellis) and Enrique Hernandez in center field (for Joc Pederson).

It doesn’t matter how many runs the Dodgers give up, if they can’t score, it won’t matter. I’m predicting the Dodgers fare better against Syndergaard than they did against deGrom, but that isn’t much of a stretch.

 

Here’s hoping tonight is the former.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.