The Mets are on the verge of winning their first playoff series since 2006 after a 13-run outburst in Game 3. Steven Matz will be tasked with shutting down the Dodgers in what will be his first career postseason start, while the Dodgers will counter with their ace, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw has been far from ace-like throughout his career pitching in the playoffs. He currently holds a 4.99 career playoff ERA, but was decent in Game 1, striking out 11 batters and allowing three hits over 6.2 innings pitched. Kershaw will be pitching on just three days’ rest, something he’s done twice before in the playoffs, posting a 1-1 record.
To the delight of Mets fans, Kershaw hasn’t exactly been clutch when pitching with his team facing elimination. He holds an 0-2 record with an atrocious 9.00 ERA.
Matz will hope to contribute to a trend that has seen the Dodgers go 2-6 in their last eight road games. In one start against the Dodgers this season, Matz picked up a win, allowing just two hits in six innings pitched while collecting eight strikeouts.