For the first game of the National League Division Series here at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, between the visiting New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first thing baseball fans will notice is that Vin Scully isn’t here. The most loved man in Los Angeles, the long time announcer for the Dodgers, will miss the entire post season after a medical procedure. Everyone will miss Vin Scully, but we look forward to his return next season.
In the days leading up to the first game of this series, the talk shifts to the starting pitchers. For the Mets we’ll see the young Jacob deGrom take the mound. He has a 14-win season behind him and an E-R-A of 2.54. Can he match the experienced man taking the mound in the top of the first inning?
Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will get the start for the Dodgers. He has been in this position before, unlike deGrom, who just made it into the major leagues this season. But if the Dodgers are to win they will need to produce runs early and give Kershaw some breathing room.
Same with deGrom. The Mets will have to get to Kershaw early because if he gets on a roll it could be nearly impossible to get any runs. In past postseasons though, teams facing Kershaw have hit him in later innings. Will that be the case tonight?
The Mets won the season series, 4-3, but this is October and experience is often the difference between winning and losing and this Dodgers team has a lot of it.
Below is my video report from the days leading up to Game One of the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
(All photos by Claudia Gestro)
Claudia is of Peruvian and Italian descent, having been born in a small town, in the North of Peru, South America. She was raised by her grandmother from an early age, living in poverty until Claudia’s mother brought her to America. She landed in Miami, FL and started her new life, playing high school basketball and eventually becoming a United States citizen. Claudia completed her education at Florida International University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and became a model to supplement her income. Since graduating from FIU Claudia has worked with many of the Spanish Language broadcasting companies, including Telemundo, Univision and most recently Spanish Language channels on SiriusXM satellite radio and 93.9 FM Exitos in Los Angeles. Just so you know where her loyalty lies: Go Lakers!