NEW YORK -- Stripped of context, Clayton Kershaw's first two outings against New York this season don't forecast much optimism for the Mets in their first postseason game since 2006. Opposite Jacob deGrom in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, Kershaw carries in a 0.56 ERA over 16 innings, eight hits allowed, two walks and 18 strikeouts. Call it sunny, with a chance of dominance.
But that's always the case when Kershaw takes the hill -- and Game 2 starter Zack Greinke as well, for that matter. The Mets know that. They also know their lineup is vastly transformed from the one they trotted out against Kershaw earlier in the season.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.