The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers square off in a winner-take-all Game Five Thursday night, and fans can watch live online as the game features the type of top-level pitching matchup that true baseball aficionados dream about in the decisive game of a playoff series. The Dodgers’ send 31-year-old Zack Greinke, the National League ERA king with a stunning 1.66 mark, to the mound while the Mets respond with their own ace, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.
Twenty-seven-year-old deGrom turned in a stellar outing in Game 1, pacing the Mets to a 3-1 victory with seven shutout, five-hit innings and 13 strikeouts, a Mets record for a postseason game.
Greinke pitched in Game 2 and was almost, but not quite, as good, lasting seven with two runs on his ledger, with five hits and eight K’s as the Dodgers took that game 5-2.
The winner of Thursday’s Mets-Dodgers showdown in sunny Southern California earns the right to head to the National League Championship Series against the Wild Card Chicago Cubs in a series that opens on Saturday.
“I think going into tomorrow, it’s probably the biggest game I’ve ever pitched,” said deGrom on Wednesday.
The pitching matchup is so close that even Greinke’s own teammate, Game 4 winner Clayton Kershaw has trouble picking a favorite.
“It’s probably dead even, to be honest,” Kershaw said on Tuesday. “As good as Zack is and has been the whole year, deGrom has been the same. So there’s really no home-field advantage when you’re facing a guy like deGrom. We saw that in Game One.”
Greinke may have a little extra motivation if winning a series-deciding game wasn’t enough for him. If he loses, Thursday’s NL Division Series Game 5 may be his last in Dodger Blue. Greinke has the option to cancel the remaining three years of his Dodger contract after this season, and with the stellar year he’s turned in, may choose to do so and seek out the untold riches of the free agent market this winter.
To find out how to watch the New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NL Division Series Game 5 live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is set for 5 p.m. Pacific Time at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, October 15 — 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
The last game at Dodger Stadium featured the most controversial play of the MLB postseason so far, when the Dodgers Chase Utley slid into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, breaking the infielder’s leg and bringing himself a two-game suspension, which he has appealed. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly held Utley out of the two games in New York, but if Utley takes the field Thursday, it could raise tensions in an already tense contest.
The Dodgers have appeared in three NL Championship Series since 2008 and lost all three, most recently in 2013 when they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. The Mets last made a trip to the NLCS in 2006, losing in seven games to the Cardinals.
Neither the Mets nor the Dodgers has won a World Series since the 1980s, with the Dodger drought stretching back to 1988 and the Mets to 1986. The Mets also appeared in the 2000 World Series, dropping the “Subway Series” to the crosstown rival Yankees in five games.
To watch the decisive New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers National League Division Series Game 4 live online, and see who the Chicago Cubs will fare in the National League Championship Series opening Saturday, go to the WatchTBS site at this link. Login credentials from a cable or satellite provider will be required to access the live stream. To watch the Mets vs. Dodgers game on mobile devices, to see if New York can return to the NLCS for the first time in nine years, or if Los Angeles will redeem themselves after their playoff disappointment last year, download the WatchTBS app.
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