New York Mets

With a ticket to the 2015 NLCS on the line, Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets knock off the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5.

New York Mets 3 (3-2) @ Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (2-3)
deGrom, W (2-0), Greinke, L (1-1), Familia S, (2)
Full Game Box Score
Game 5 – NLDS (Mets win series 3-2)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

By Robby Sabo

If it’s true that legends are made in October – which I think we all know it is – then Daniel Murphy and Jacob deGrom just did a major service for themselves among MLB circles. To say both of these Mets came up clutch during the New York Mets 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS, would be the understatement of the decade.

From the moment deGrom took the ball from manager Terry Collins, everybody watching could tell he didn’t have his top-notch stuff. His control was off and his demeanor wasn’t what we were used to seeing from the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year.

Still though, the guy battled like the true ace of an MLB franchise. He surrendered six hits and was seemingly in trouble every one of his six innings on the night. The key, however, was he only gave up two runs.

Murphy, was the king of New York City tonight. While every one of the Mets hitters were flailing at Zack Greinke pitches, Murph went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

In the top of the fourth-inning he became the turning point by swiping third base after a Lucas Duda walk. An unsuspecting Dodgers defense looked foolish on the play. Travis d’Arnaud knocked him home on the sac-fly to right field to knot of the game at 2-2.

With deGrom still battling, Murphy decided to once again take matters into his own hands again by smacking a solo shot off Greinke in the top of the sixth-inning:

From there, after deGrom pitched a clean bottom of the sixth, Noah Syndergaard came in to throw straight cheddar to the Dodgers in the seventh.

Although Thor was dominant, Collins turned to his closer, Jeurys Familia for the extended two-out save. What he proceeded to do was retire six straight Dodgers and clinch the Mets first NLCS appearance since 2006.

Through six innings, the Mets offense collected just six hits. Murphy had three of those hits.

Game 1 of the NLCS, against the Chicago Cubs, gets underway on Saturday at Citi Field.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]