NYM v.s. LAD: Battle for Home Field Advantage

No matter whom you are playing, home field advantage during the MLB playoffs is precious. Almost all baseball clubs do better at home. The players feed off of the energy that the fans put out and that energy that propels the home team to victory. The New York Mets are currently leading the NL East by 6.5, magic # at 6 @ 85-66. This is due to the Mets young pitching staff with additions of Uribe, Johnson, and Cespedes in the field and Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard on the mound.

All the way in NL West division, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the same situation. Leading the division my 6 games with a magic # of 7 @ a record of 85-65. Their staff is led by ace Zach Greinke, who is having a record-breaking year at 13-8 with a 1.65 ERA and Clayton Kershaw who is also having a record breaking year going 14-7 with a 2.18 ERA. During the season, they added veteran Chase Utley from the Phillies. This means that Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley will be, once again, the best 1-2 combo in the MLB.

These two teams will most likely play each other in the NLDS with ST. Louis playing the Wild Card winner, either division rivals, the Cubs or Pirates.

Who ever has the best record at the end of the season will get home field advantage BUT, if the season ends in a tie, the season series winner will get home field advantage. In this case, that would be the Mets, who won the 2015 season series against the Dodgers with a record of 4-3. The Mets were able to break Zack Greinke runs scoreless streak at just above 45 innings and beat the Dodgers in extra innings, 3-2, on July 26. A few days earlier, the Mets were beat by Kershaw 3-0, when he had a complete game, 3-hit, 11-strikeout performance.

Since the start of the 2015 series, the Mets have outscored the Dodgers 33-19.

The Mets are going to play the Reds and Phillies, two teams who the Mets have done outstanding against. The last series for the Mets will be at home against the Washington Nationals, who the Mets have swept the past 6 meetings.

The Dodgers will play the Rockies and Padres, two teams with horrible records and the Giants, the defending World Champions.

The Mets have the pitching staff and now have the hitting, and the Dodgers have always had the pitching and hitting. When the final game of the season comes, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will take home field advantage in the NLDS games. For me, it’s the Mets


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