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And if the Mets are going to move onto the NLCS and a date with the Cubs, they are going to need everyone tomorrow night.
So if Jacob deGrom needs help, both Thor and the Dark Knight will be available out of the bullpen.
“This is one of those games where you’re in a situation where everybody’s available,” manager Terry Collins said. “You’re looking at Noah’s going to be down there tomorrow, Matt, if we need him, they’ll all be there. So we’ll just see how the game’s moving along, and what the match-ups are going to be and who would be our best options. But certainly it will be everybody we’ve got in the pen.”
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The Mets have never lost a five game series in their history. To keep that perfect record intact, they will have to beat probable Nation League Cy Young winner Zach Greinke, who beat the Mets in a controversial Game 2.
Add to that, they will have to come back after being shut down in Clayton Kershaw.
“We showed it the other night,” Collins said. “We showed it coming off the loss here last week with all the drama that took place on the field that night. We came back the next day in New York and played great. So we had a tough game the other night against arguably the best pitcher in baseball. So it’s one of those things. You’ve got to gather yourself and get ready for tonight, and you’ve got to face another great one tomorrow. That’s the big leagues.
“So I think we’re going to be resilient enough to go out and face a good ball team. We like our rotation, we like our staff, and we like our lineup. We’ve just got to go get some good balls, good pitches to hit, and hopefully hit it where nobody’s standing.”
Collins will go with his righthanded lineup against Greinke, which means Michael Conforto will be once again front and center. After hitting a home run in Game 2, the rookie leftfielder was limited to pinch hitting duty in Games 3 and 4.
And Collins hopes Daniel Murphy will continue his timely hitting as well.
“Murph’s had a good postseason,” Collins said. “He’s got a big hit for us, especially home runs. We’ve got to give him some help. Grande’s been getting on. And look at it the other day. We talked about it with Clayton, so you kind of throw it off to the side, but we had one guy in scoring position. So that just tells you how well the Dodgers have pitched.
“Like I said the other night after the game was over, we knew when we clinched and the Dodgers clinched and we knew we were going to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, we knew what we were facing, that we were going to face Clayton twice and Zack twice, and it was not going to be eas