Mets starter Jacob deGrom beat Clayton Kershaw at his own game on Friday night. We look at the keys to his success.
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Jacob deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in his postseason debut and Daniel Murphy homered off Clayton Kershaw to help the Mets defeat the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Jacob deGrom outdueled Clayton Kershaw as the Mets won their first postseason game in nine years to take a 1-0 lead in the NLDS.
Final: Mets 3, Dodgers 1
Jacob deGrom was fabulous, going 7 innings, striking out 13 and allowing 5 hits, a walk and no runs, as he out dueled Clayton Kershaw and gave the Mets the NLDS Game 1 win over the Dodgers. Box score
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
Setup man Tyler Clippard’s struggles to close the regular season continued into the playoffs. Clippard surrendered an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth as the Dodgers got on the scoreboard. Clippard had a 7.11 ERA in his final 12 regular-season appearances, which prompted manager Terry Collins to at least consider having Addison Reed become the primary setup man in the NLDS. The manager opted to stick with Clippard in Game 1, but that might not be the case the next time.
Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
Adrian Gonzalez, the only Dodger to drive in a run tonight, had to be thrilled not to be facing Jacob deGrom. He had struck out in all three plate appearances off the young flame thrower, twice on upper-90's fastballs and once on an 87-mph change up. Coming in, he was 3-for-8 with two home runs off him.
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
Jacob deGrom outdueled Clayton Kershaw on Friday night, tossing seven scoreless innings. De Grom struck out 13 in the process. That matches the smost in franchise history in a postseason. Tom Seaver in the 1973 NLCS fanned 13, too.
deGrom doing better than 0 K, much better
Jacob deGrom has set down 6 batters in two innings, allowing 2 hits and walking a batter, but all of the outs have come via the strikeout. deGrom is the 5th pitcher to get the first 6 outs of a postseason game via the K (most in 7 by Mike Hampton in 2003).
Strikeouts aplenty in Los Angeles
Through 2 innings, Clayton Kershaw has 4 strikeouts and Jacob deGrom has 6. The pitchers' duel is on and the Mets and Dodgers are scoreless in Game 1 of the NLDS. Follow live
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Boras: Harvey already gave his arm for Mets
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Agent Scott Boras didn't want to discuss the issue of Matt Harvey's usage before Game 1 of Mets-Dodgers, saying the focus should be on baseball.
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Mets at Dodgers in Game 1 of NLDS
Tonight's final game also features the best pitching matchup as back-to-back Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 301 K's) faces Mets emerging ace Jacob deGrom (2.56 ERA).
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