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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday's Top 5: Mets' Jacob deGrom (13 K's) outduels Clayton Kershaw



What a fun day of baseball. We had a tense 14-inning game with an obscure hero for the Rangers, a comeback victory for the Royals, a shutdown performance from John Lackey and then the expected pitching duel in the finale from Dodger Stadium.

1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets. The pitching line says it all: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 SO. Except it was even better than that: Two of the hits were Michael Cuddyer misplays in left field and the walk was intentional. DeGrom is one of my favorite pitchers to watch: He generates power from his slight frame, and he's able to hold his velocity deep into games; that big mop of hair that flows out from his cap is either a trait you joyously get a kick out of or annoyingly want to cut off.

The 13 strikeouts tied Tom Seaver for a Mets postseason record and were the most ever in a playoff game at Dodger Stadium. At times, deGrom simply threw his fastball past hitters. Overall, he induced 24 swings-and-misses, tied for the second-most in a postseason game since 2009. (Tim Lincecum had 31 in a 1-0 shutout over the Braves in 2010.) Fourteen of those misses were fastballs. The Dodgers simply had trouble catching up to it. It was a brilliant performance.

As for Clayton Kershaw, let's just say he was good, but not good enough, and I think it's absolutely fair that the narrative about his postseason history will continue, despite the attempts of many on Twitter to dismiss the idea. Look, Kershaw was great for six innings, allowing only a home run on a 2-0 fastball that Daniel Murphy -- who had homered just once against a left-hander all season -- crushed to right field. But in the seventh inning -- the same inning in which the Cardinals beat him twice last year, you may recall -- he walked Lucas Duda. He walked Ruben Tejada with one out. After deGrom sacrificed, he walked Curtis Granderson, a terrific seven-pitch walk by Granderson. Don Mattingly then went to Pedro Baez, and David Wright lined a 3-2 fastball into center field for a two-run single.

Was it the right call to remove Kershaw? I think so. I get that you let the best pitcher on the planet work out of his own mess, but Kershaw had walked three guys in the inning, including two lefties and a light-hitting shortstop. He looked done and had thrown 27 pitches in the inning. I'm not going to knock Don Mattingly there and I wouldn't have knocked him if he'd left Kershaw in. (You can argue that with the game was on the line that Mattingly should have used closer Kenley Jansen, but no manager would have brought in his closer in the seventh inning, which is more a discussion about bullpen roles than Mattingly's decision.) Kershaw struck out 11, but he walked four and he couldn't get the last out he needed. We still await a signature postseason game from him.

Originally Posted by Nehru:
Originally Posted by RiffRaff:

Game 5

It will be more enjoyable whipping them at their home ground.

It's all business, we had to create some excitement so we lost the first two and whip the Rangers at home, the Blue Jays coming home for the fifth game is sweet music, this game will be a blow-out, the Jays will win BIG!!!

Honestly I was surprised deGROM came out to pitch the 2nd innings.   He looked lost from the get go. In a way, this game may have strengthened his confidence. But that Syndagard guy has that spaced out look that tells you to don't mess with him. Over time I may not mind the RA move to Toronto as I did before.
Yuh rass mad Riff, the man didn't settle down until the 6th inning. Of his 105 pitches 57 was with runners in scoring position. But to his credit, he managed to minimize the damage. Hopefully it reminds the Mets that runner on 3rd with less than two outs has no right not scoring.
Originally Posted by ksazma:
Yuh rass mad Riff, the man didn't settle down until the 6th inning. Of his 105 pitches 57 was with runners in scoring position. But to his credit, he managed to minimize the damage. Hopefully it reminds the Mets that runner on 3rd with less than two outs has no right not scoring.

I was happy they kept him in...this is where you find out about the heart of a pitcher

Originally Posted by RiffRaff:
Originally Posted by ksazma:
Yuh rass mad Riff, the man didn't settle down until the 6th inning. Of his 105 pitches 57 was with runners in scoring position. But to his credit, he managed to minimize the damage. Hopefully it reminds the Mets that runner on 3rd with less than two outs has no right not scoring.

I was happy they kept him in...this is where you find out about the heart of a pitcher

I am jus going to say that I am glad he proved his heart. He just didn't seem to have it. Nonetheless, he lasted 6 innings and kept the Dodgers off Home Plate.

Good game tonight. I like Syndagard's style. He always acknowledges the guys making the out plays. Tonight both Wright and Flores were close to the play and he quickly acknowledged Flores before acknowledging Wright who made the play. Hopefully Mets pitching hold up.
Originally Posted by ksazma:
Tough loss indeed. Within two outs with a lights out closer. Clippard needs to finish his inning so Familia don't have to be burdened with more than 3 outs. Best wishes for tonight's game.

Also, Harvey cannot give up 2 runs right after the Mets take the lead

Originally Posted by RiffRaff:
Originally Posted by Nehru:
Originally Posted by RiffRaff:

So Nehru...we winning 4 straight

Nah Bhai. We gun take 3 at Home( Nobody beats us at home) then take it in their backyard.  GO METS!!!

dats what ah saying you duufus

Bhai, 4 straight yuh seh, I am saying 3 at Home, get beat at KC on Tuesday and then whip their asses on Wed.

Originally Posted by Nehru:

Yeah Baby!! First World Series Game at CitiField tonight  NY on FIRE!!!

 

Noah has to take us home.

I like your spirit, but sorry to say the Mets will loose at home. The Royals is an all round strong team, they manufacture runs.

Originally Posted by kp:
Originally Posted by Nehru:

Yeah Baby!! First World Series Game at CitiField tonight  NY on FIRE!!!

 

Noah has to take us home.

I like your spirit, but sorry to say the Mets will loose at home. The Royals is an all round strong team, they manufacture runs.

KP, There is something about New Yorkers and the ENERGY they give to their Sports Team.  Tonight will be a high energy performance.  You will be surprised.

Originally Posted by Anjali:
Originally Posted by ksazma:
Big test for the Mets tonight. Thor will have to have his entire gavel tonight if the Mets will have a chance to make anything of this series.

so sorry that they are down 2 games, hope they can win tonight.

Thanks Anji. Good game for the Mets tonight.

Originally Posted by RiffRaff:

Lots of bad decisions for the manager

 

Leave Matz in too long...

Took COlon off too early...

Goes by the book instead of being creative...

Clippard should not be pitching any inning...

Should have taken Clippard off after the first walk...

 

 

Post-mortem  does not bring back the dead. The Royals wins the next game. Hey Hey Good bye Mets.

Originally Posted by RiffRaff:

Lots of bad decisions for the manager

 

Leave Matz in too long...

Took COlon off too early...

Goes by the book instead of being creative...

Clippard should not be pitching any inning...

Should have taken Clippard off after the first walk...

 

 

All of the above. Even Reed should have been given a chance to work the 8th given Clippard's recent inability to get three outs. He overextended Familia in Games 1 & 4 which I believe cost us those two games.

Originally Posted by kp:
Originally Posted by RiffRaff:

Lots of bad decisions for the manager

 

Leave Matz in too long...

Took COlon off too early...

Goes by the book instead of being creative...

Clippard should not be pitching any inning...

Should have taken Clippard off after the first walk...

 

 

Post-mortem  does not bring back the dead. The Royals wins the next game. Hey Hey Good bye Mets.

Don't hate bai.

Originally Posted by RiffRaff:
Originally Posted by Nehru:

OK time to be realistic.  KC gat this.

Our starting pitching was great, bullpen not so good...plus too many errors...3 games we had the lead late in the game

I agree. If only Baseball was a 7 Innings Game.

Mets weren't supposed to be in the World Series and while we could have been celebrating last night (if we got those late innings outs) they look like a solid team. The starting pitching is awesome and hopefully will stay intact for a while. With a few improvements they can try again next year. That starting pitching is truly solid. Good luck next year.

Mets lost up the middle...go back and check..

 

that said they were beaten by a much better team...actually it was only fitting the the best team in baseball won the championship...

 

fundamentally the best team in baseball..

Originally Posted by politikalamity:

Mets lost up the middle...go back and check..

 

that said they were beaten by a much better team...actually it was only fitting the the best team in baseball won the championship...

 

fundamentally the best team in baseball..

I agree that the Royals played more fundamental baseball. But I like this Mets team. They are very young and can only go up.

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