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Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
The Mets and Dodgers conclude their National League Division Series by playing a do-or-die Game 5 on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
Three-quarters of the Final Four is set, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Cubbies having advanced. The final LCS participant will be determined when the Amazin’s oppose the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday at 8:07 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium.
The Mets had a chance to clinch on Tuesday night at Citi Field, but Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory tie level the series, 2-2.
All-Stars Jacob deGrom and Zack Greinke will face off and try to carry their respective teams into the NCLS, where the Chicago Cubs await.
Manager Terry Collins has used a few different lineups this series, and he’ll go back to the one that the team used in Game 2. When New York faced Greinke five days ago, Michael Conforto started and hit a home run off the Dodgers pitcher. He’ll be back in the outfield, replacing Juan Lagares, who started both games at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer started Game 1 in the outfield, and he’s been used as a pinch-hitter since. Wilmer Flores gets his third straight start at shortstop, replacing the injured Ruben Tejada.
Since Thursday night’s contest is an elimination game, the Mets’ top starters will be available out of the bullpen. Noah Syndergaard can pitch, having not started since Saturday, and Matt Harvey will be available as well. Harvey started two days ago, and New York has monitored his innings in his first season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. But Collins told reporters that Harvey said he’s willing to come out of the bullpen in Game 5.
Chase Utley hasn’t seen the field since his controversial slide in Game 2, but he’ll be available for Thursday’s elimination game, despite his suspension. The second baseman’s appeal hearing is scheduled for Monday, meaning he’s eligible to play in Game 5 and the first two games of the NLCS, if the Dodgers advance. Utley didn’t start against deGrom in Game 1, but he did pinch-hit in both games in Los Angeles.
Clayton Kershaw was masterful in Game 4, allowing one run and four baserunners in seven innings. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he didn’t know if MLB’s top pitcher would be available out of the bullpen, though it’s not likely that he’d be used after pitching just two days ago.