Behind the left arm of their ace Clayton Kershaw and timely hitting, the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to defeat the New York Mets in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Citi Field to force a deciding Game 5 Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

After relying on one ace to stay alive, the Dodgers turn their other pitching stalwart in Zack Greinke. The 31 year old had a stellar regular season, going 19-3 with a Major-League best 1.66 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Additionally, greinke finished with a 2.76 FIP and 225 ERA+.

Los Angeles has won 14 of the 18 games Greinke pitched at Dodger Stadium this season. His last outing at Chavez Ravine came in Game 2 with the Dodgers looking to avoid falling behind the Mets 2-0 in the series.

Greinke allowed two solo home runs in the second inning, but turned in seven strong frames, collecting eight strikeouts in the process. In two starts against the Mets during the regular season, Greinke went 1-0, with a 1.29 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. In 14 innings of work, he allowed just two runs, gave up eight hits, and walked three.

The Mets are sending an ace of their own to the hill in Game 5 in Jacob deGrom. The 27-year-old right-hander went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP and 0.98 WHIP over 30 starts. deGrom is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three career regular season starts against the Dodgers.

He was masterful in Game 1 of the series when he defeated Kershaw and the Dodgers. deGrom threw seven shutout innings while striking out 13. The second-year pitcher is lifetime 12-7 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 27 regular season road starts; he went 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA on the road this season.

In five games, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has sent out five different lineups. Thursday’s lineup features the return of Joc Pederson in center field. Pederson has only started one game this series, which was Game 1. He went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk.

Kiké Hernandez, who is 4-for-10 in the series, starts in left field for the first time since July 24. Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner remain the club’s No. 3 and 4 hitters. Gonzalez has at least one RBI through the first four games of the series, and five overall.

Turner enters the winner-take-all game 7-or-15 with four doubles and three RBIs. It’s much of the same for the Mets, though Michael Conforto returns to the lineup and bats seventh. He hit one of the two home runs off Greinke in Game 2.

Dodgers Lineup:

2B: Howie Kendrick

SS: Corey Seager

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

3B: Justin Turner

RF: Andre Ethier

C: Yasmani Grandal

LF: Kike Hernandez

CF: Joc Pederson

P: Zack Greinke

Mets Lineup:

RF: Curtis Granderson

3B: David Wright

2B: Daniel Murphy

CF: Yoenis Cespedes

1B: Lucas Duda

C: Travis d’Arnaud

LF: Michael Conforto

SS: Wilmer Flores

P: Jacob deGrom

About The Author

Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

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  1. Paul Crowson

    Zack pitched a good game,no run support,man on 3rd 1 out and could not get him home,no the dodger players lost that game.risp no runs. Now i hope zack leaves,

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