Playoffs game blog: Mets and Cards look for 2-0 edge tonight in NLDS

Today is a travel day for the four teams in the American League Division Series, which resumes tomorrow. Texas leads Toronto 2-0 while the Houston-Kansas City series is tied 1-1.

So far there has been a home-field disadvantage in the playoffs, as the home teams are 2-6.

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs later today in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. St. Louis took the series opener 4-0 Friday as John Lackey gave up just two hits over 7 1/3 innings while Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty homered.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) pitches for the Cubs against Cardinal left-hander Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA).

Over his past two starts, Hendricks has pitched 12 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with two walks and 17 strikeouts. He went 6-4 with a 4.47 ERA on the road and is 4-3 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts since the All-Star break.

Garcia is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings in his last three starts. In 10 starts at home in 2015, he went 5-2 with a 1.70 ERA. Over 68 2/3 innings he gave up an average against of .203 and just two home runs.

The New York Mets beat Los Angeles 3-1 Friday night in the opening game of that series. Jacob deGrom won a pitchers’ duel with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. deGrom went seven scoreless innings allowing five hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts. Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer off Kershaw in the fourth inning and David Wright produced a two-run single in the seventh off Pedro Baez, scoring two of Kershaw’s inherited runners.

Tonight, Los Angeles sends right-hander Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA) to the mound against the Mets and right-hander Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA).

Greinke has allowed two earned runs or less in 26 of his 32 starts this year and his ERA was under 2.00 in all but one month.

April: 1.93
May: 1.05
June: 1.74
July: 0.95
August: 2.45
Sept/Oct: 1.87

Syndergaard, who struck out 166 batters in 150 innings, pitched to an ERA of 2.46 at home this season.On the road, he has gone 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA in 12 starts.

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