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Dodgers Draw Mets in NLDS

A riveting NL Division Series loaded with big names and intrigue opens on Friday night with the Mets sending Jacob deGrom out to engage three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.

The Mets claimed the regular season series, 4-3, and expectations are high that this showdown, with the winner moving on to the NL Championship Series, will be just as tightly contested.

While the focus will be on dominant starting pitching, the onus will be on the hitters to show they can provide run support for their elite starters.

Run-starved through the season's first half, the Mets took flight with July deals that brought Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson into the fold. The return of David Wright for 30 games also was a major factor in transforming manager Terry Collins' attack.

The Mets led the league in the second half with 102 homers and a .443 slugging mark. They racked up 5.1 runs per game, compared to 3.5 in the first half. This surge, accompanied by the excellent pitching, lifted the Mets from a .528 first-half winning percentage and two games off the Nationals' NL East pace to .589 and a seven-game spread in winning the division.

The Dodgers were a virtual wire-to-wire division champion. They led the NL West for all but nine days, slipping out of the top spot for one day on May 29 before moving right back into the driver's seat for keeps.

Kershaw held the Mets to one run on eight hits and two walks, striking out 18 in 16 innings over two starts this year: a win and a no-decision.

The Mets lost five of the final six games to surrender home-field advantage to the Dodgers, who won their final four. But the Mets are a good road club (41-40, compared to the Dodgers' 37-44). The Dodgers are 55-26 at home, the Mets 49-32.

OF Andre Ethier on his team's readiness:

"I think we're ready to go and I'm excited for the playoffs. But as we've seen in the past we could talk and say all the things we want, but talk is cheap when it comes to actually doing it so it's just a matter of going out there and proving that we're ready to play and figure out a way to win the series."

Manger Don Mattingly on the Dodgers' psyche following a tough regular season:

"Kind of had to play down to the wire for the most part playing for home field and that type of thing, but in general we're healthy and we're rested and in pretty good shape going into it."

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Schedule for Tuesday, October 13th
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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Mets Game 4 TBA 570, 1020 TBS Dodgers 
Vancouver @ Los Angeles Kings 7:30PM 790 FSW Kings 
Schedule for Wednesday, October 14th to Sunday, October 18th
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Wednesday, October 14th
NHL Arizona @ Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM 830 Prime Ducks 
Thursday, October 15th
MLB Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers Game 5 TBA 570, 1020 TBS Dodgers 
Friday, October 16th
NHL Minnesota @ Los Angeles Kings 7:30 PM 790 FSW Kings 
Saturday, October 17th
C-MFB USC @ Notre Dame 4:30 PM 710 Ch. 4 USC 
Sunday, October 18th
MLS Portland @ Los Angeles Galaxy 4:30 PM 1330 FS1 Galaxy 
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On behalf of the community, the Sports Council bids against other cities for the right to host major sporting events, often staging or helping to stage events after successful bids.

Founded in 1988, the Sports Council's efforts represent more than $1 billion in overall economic impact for the region and range from NCAA Championships to the Super Bowl, and from the U.S Olympic Trials to the World Cup.

The Council also works in support of each of the area's established sports teams and facilities.

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