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NLDS Game 5 - New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Leave this one to the arms.

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Only one baseball game tonight, which is kinda dumb, but after last night we probably all need a little time to catch our breaths.

Tonight at 8:00pm EDT, tune whatever means you use to watch televised sporting events to the Turner Broadcasting Station, where I'm sure you'll see lots of swings, lots of misses, and lots of strikeouts. Zack Greinke will take the mound for the Dodgers (possibly for the last time is he takes advantage of an early out in his contract), after allowing only two runs in seven innings to the Mets in his last outing. Opposite of Greinke, Jacob deGrom, he of the floppy hair and the 2014 Rookie of the Year, will spin the ball for the Mets. All he did last time was allow five hits through 7 innings, fanning 13 batters and walking only one in his wake.

That boy good.

Both boy good.

It should be quite the entertaining affair. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Mets and Dodgers have combined for the most Ks in first 4 games of any MLB postseason series (89) since the 2010 NLDS San Fran/Atlanta series that also featured 89. Those two series sit alone at the top. The 2010 series featured 2 time defending Cy Young Tim Lincecum, prime Matt Cain, 20 year old Madison Bumgartner, 200+ K season Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Hudson, and Derek Lowe (to name a few) starters, as well as prime and hyped bearded Brian Wilson, Billy Wagner, and early Sergio Romo and Craig Kimbrel out of the bullpens.

To break the record for a 5 game series, they would have go combine for 9 Ks tonight to surpass the 2011 ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees (CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, AJ Burnett, et. al). I think both starters individually get there, so I'm predicting they shatter the record.

Should be a fun night of baseball for those of you who enjoy good pitching. When that good pitching comes in a winner-take-all postseason game where the intensity is sure to be dialed up to 11, who doesn't like it?