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NLDS GameThread: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers - Game 5

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The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers play Game 5 of their NLDS matchup tonight in Dodger Stadium with right-hander Jacob deGrom on the mound against righty Zack Greinke at 8:00 PM EDT. TV: TBS; RADIO: ESPN Radio.

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The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers play Game 5 of their NLDS matchup tonight at 8:00 PM in Chavez Ravine with right-hander Jacob deGrom on the mound against Zack Greinke in the series finale which will determine who moves on to face the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.

deGrom led the Mets to a win in Game 1, giving up five hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings in which he struck out 13.

Greinke earned the win in Game 2 with a seven-inning outing in which he gave up five hits and two earned runs.

Mets' skipper Terry Collins told reporters on Wednesday why he thought deGrom was the right choice in the decisive matchup with the Dodgers.

New York's 27-year-old, 2010 9th Round pick was (14-8) in 30 regular seasons starts this season with a 2.54 ERA, a 2.70 FIP, 38 walks (1.79 BB/9), 205 Ks (9.66 K/9) and a .210/.255/.318 line against in 191 innings pitched.

"When we were getting ready for the postseason one of the things when we sat our rotation down, we felt that [deGrom] was pitching the best of anybody," Collins said.

"And that's nothing to take anything away from Noah [Syndergaard], how he was throwing or [Matt Harvey]. We just thought this guy was pitching best.

"So if anybody was going to pitch two games in the series for us, it would be Jacob deGrom. So it worked out that way.

"Fortunately we didn't have to bring him back on short rest. He hasn't done it, and he's uncomfortable doing it. So we're lucky he's got an extra day."

Greinke finished the regular season (19-3) in 32 starts with a 1.66 ERA, a 2.76 FIP, 40 walks (1.62 BB/9), 200 Ks (8.08 K/9) and a .186/.231/.276 line against in 222 ⅔ innings.

At home in L.A., the 31-year-old right-hander had a 1.46 ERA, a 2.78 FIP and a .184/.222/.286 line against in 117 ⅓ innings.

Dodgers' skipper Don Mattingly talked yesterday about the possibility that tonight's outing could be Greinke's last with LA, since he's expected to opt out of his contract this winter and test the free agent market again.

"He's been great," Mattingly said. "Since he's arrived in L.A. it's been basically this year over times three. This year has probably been just a little bit more over the top just because of the tremendous start that he got off to and just continued at throughout the year. So with Clayton [Kershaw] and Zack, they've given us two guys that stop streaks, save your bullpen, are just day-in, day-out consistent guys. You can really count on what you're going to get from them 90-something percent of the time. So very, very important. I think that's the value of the two guys."

Can Greinke lead the Dodgers to the NLCS and live to start another game for LA? Can Jacob deGrom keep what's been a dominant campaign going? Who's going to move on to face the Chicago Cubs?

Today's Lineups:

NEW YORK METS LOS ANGELES DODGERS
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

Greinke vs the Mets:

Mets PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Curtis Granderson 58 55 12 2 2 1 3 3 11 .218 .259 .382 .640
Michael Cuddyer 43 40 10 1 1 7 2 10 .250 .302 .350 .652 1
Daniel Murphy 18 16 5 2 2 .313 .389 .313 .701 2
Lucas Duda 17 15 3 1 1 2 5 .200 .294 .400 .694
David Wright 12 12 3 1 3 .250 .250 .333 .583 4
Yoenis Cespedes 9 8 2 1 1 1 1 .250 .333 .625 .958
Kelly Johnson 9 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 1
Wilmer Flores 8 8 3 1 .375 .375 .375 .750
Juan Lagares 8 8 1 1 3 1 .125 .125 .500 .625
Jacob deGrom 6 5 2 1 1 1 .400 .500 .600 1.100
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 6 5 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 1
Kevin Plawecki 6 6 2 1 1 .333 .333 .500 .833
Michael Conforto 5 4 1 1 2 1 .250 .400 1.000 1.400 1
Travis d'Arnaud 5 5 1 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Matt Harvey 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jon Niese 2 2 1 1 1 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Noah Syndergaard 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 216 202 47 7 2 6 19 11 42 .233 .282 .376 .659 2 3 5

deGrom vs the Dodgers:

Dodgers PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Chase Utley 13 11 3 2 2 .273 .385 .273 .657 1
Adrian Gonzalez 12 11 3 2 5 1 6 .273 .333 .818 1.152
Andre Ethier 9 9 2 1 3 .222 .222 .444 .667
Jimmy Rollins 9 8 1 1 2 .125 .222 .125 .347
Carl Crawford 8 6 2 3 .000 .250 .000 .250
Justin Turner 8 8 2 1 1 .250 .250 .375 .625
Howie Kendrick 6 6 1 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Joc Pederson 6 5 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167 1
Yasiel Puig 6 6 1 1 1 3 .167 .167 .667 .833
A.J. Ellis 5 3 1 2 1 .333 .600 .333 .933 1
Zack Greinke 4 4 2 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Yasmani Grandal 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Justin Ruggiano 3 2 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Corey Seager 3 3 1 1 2 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Clayton Kershaw 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 97 87 17 2 1 3 6 10 28 .195 .278 .345 .623 2 1