Oct 4, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) gets set to throw his 300th career strikeout in the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Ay yay yay. A playoff prediction post! I predict that a game 1 will be started in Los Angeles, along with game two. Those are basically givens in this series, which is a nice start! Another given could be vomit. Lots and lots of vomit because October, hasn’t been fun for the majority of my life, and the fun (hi James Loney) is very fleeting and painful (oh no Jonathan Broxton) so vomit for sure, at least to start.
Everything else though? Up for grabs.
Game 1: I won’t predict every single game down to a T, but I am confident in saying that Clayton Kershaw is gonna rule, his second half -like all of his second halfs- has been dominant, more deGrominant than his opponent Jacob deGrom, the team is going to need like an 8 inning performance from the looks of it, but as long as they score a run or two, I think they’ll win the first game.
Game 2: The second game is where i’m having trouble with, Zack Greinke just had one of the best seasons by run prevention measures ever, so they’ve got that going for them, I do believe, that Noah Syndergaard is on the verge of stardom. Syndergaard is going to be one of the best pitchers in the NL East at his peak, and it just seems like this is the moment where he breaks out on a national stage. I don’t think Greinke’ll be bad but Syndergaard is a really really special arm.
Game 3: Brett Anderson versus Matt Harvey sounds kinda terrifying, and maybe so, however I could see the Dodgers stealing this game off of a Justin Turner 2 run home run in the 6th inning off of a tired Matt Harvey to go ahead and take series lead and only having to win 1/2 to secure the series, sometimes, especially with the Mets, karmic justice comes into play, and Justin Turner being the guy to win the pivotal game just feels so right.
Also just to interject, a Justin Turner dong to win the 3rd, pivotal game in the series versus the Mets is the 2nd most Mets thing to happen this series. The first, of course, would be Julio Urias striking out Yoenis Cespedes looking with the winning runs on base but this will have to do.
Game 4: Jacob deGrom has to start this game, right? He HAS to! I mean whether the Dodgers are going for the series win or the Mets, Bartolo Colon cannot start this game, and similarly, Alex Wood cannot start this game. The point of having 2 aces is to make the Mets beat them twice at least to win a series. So Clayton Kershaw, fueled with the power of the narrative, throws 7 shutout innings, Chris Hatcher tosses the most important 8th inning of the season, and Kenley Jansen does Kenley Jansen things and the Dodgers beat the Mets in 4.
Is this a homer take? Of course. Do I feel good about it? Not one bit. I’ll consider the playoffs a rousing failure if the Dodgers don’t win the NLDS, however the Mets are so darn good that they can win the world series. I cannot begin to realize how sad this sounds, but maybe this is the year where October is good past the 2nd week! Just 11 more measly wins. C’mon Dodgers the Giants have 34 in the past 5 years, win, please?