Game 1: Steven Matz, RHP vs Jake Peavy, RHP
Jake Peavy was a former Cy Young winner back in 2007 with the San Diego. That was nearly 10 years ago. He’s definitely not at that level now and has gone off to a slow start at 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA. However, he did have a quality start his last time up vs the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs in seven innings.
Steven Matz has bounced back nicely from the terrible first start of 2016 when he lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up seven runs. Since then, he’s gone 2-0 and has given up only two runs in 13.1 innings while striking out 17 batters in his next two contests.
Game 2: Jacob deGrom, RHP vs Matt Cain, RHP
Matt Cain who once was a dominant starter has also fallen on hard times lately with injuries and ineffectiveness. So far, he’s 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA this season.
Jacob deGrom returned to the mound on Sunday and pitched decently in 5.2 innings as the Mets were bringing him back slowly on 82 pitches. Should he be effective again, he should go more than that.
Game 3: Noah Syndergaard, RHP vs Madison Bumgarner, LHP
Terrific pitching matchup here. One of the best postseason pitchers in the game vs an up and coming pitcher who hopes to reach that same level in October in the future.
Syndergaard’s success last October is a great start. So far this season, he has taken another step up. Syndergaard’s last start on Monday may have been his worst so far this year and still he dominated at times, striking out nine more batters in less than seven innings.