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10/8/2015 | Ethier, Wright recall 2006 NLDS matchup

Nine years later, David Wright and Andre Ethier are the lone remnants of the Mets and Dodgers teams that faced off in the 2006 National League Division Series.

10/8/2015 | Mets' rotation is here, and it's feared

Should Steven Matz prove healthy enough to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, which begins tonight in Los Angeles (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), the Mets will use nothing but starting pitchers who average better than 94 mph on their fastballs.

10/8/2015 | Johnson, Uribe trade turning point for Mets

Though the non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and aggressive promotion of Michael Conforto highlighted the Mets' push, manager Terry Collins recognizes the July 24 acquisition of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves as the move that significantly influenced all else that went well for his club down the stretch.

10/8/2015 | Flores feeling better, ready to go for NLDS

Healthier and happier than he has been in days, Wilmer Flores on Thursday downplayed the illness that resulted in him losing approximately 10 pounds and -- combined with a minor back injury -- limited him to just two plate appearances over the team's final seven regular-season games. "I feel good," Flores said at Dodger Stadium. "There's no excuse. I'm ready to go."

10/8/2015 | Cespedes continues to live for the big stage

For most Major Leaguers, the bright lights of the postseason only serve to intimidate. Yoenis Cespedes is not most Major Leaguers.

10/8/2015 | Collins returns to LA with Dodgers roots

For Terry Collins, this National League Division Series opening at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS) is a homecoming. The Mets' manager has some of that Tommy Lasorda blue blood running through his veins, having acquired most of his philosophies and attitudes as a young player and young manager in the Dodgers' system.

10/8/2015 | How they fared: Mets vs. Dodgers in 2015

The Mets posted a winning record against just one of the four other National League postseason teams. That team was the Dodgers, who New York edged, 4-3, in a season series that featured pitching duels, slugfests and a dramatic walk-off finale.

10/8/2015 | Back at it: Matz feels 'really good' after sim game

While his teammates boarded a flight to Los Angeles for the National League Division Series that begins Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on TBS, Mets rookie Steven Matz returned to where the season began at the organization's Spring Training complex.

10/8/2015 | Tale of the Tape: Kershaw vs. deGrom

Two of the National League's best pitchers will square off Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (9:30 ET/6:30 PT on TBS) at Dodger Stadium, one making his postseason debut and the other hoping to erase some playoff demons.

10/8/2015 | Matz-Stroman duel etched in Long Island lore

Long before they profiled as postseason starting pitchers, Mets lefty Steven Matz and Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman faced off in what Long Islanders now call the most notable high school baseball game in recent memory.

10/7/2015 | Statcast previews Mets-Dodgers NLDS

There will obviously be no shortage of aces taking the mound in the National League Division Series matchup between the Dodgers and the Mets that begins Friday (9:30 p.m. ET, TBS).

10/7/2015 | A look at items from past Mets World Series runs

The Mets are back in the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade. Some items from past glory days made their way downstate from Cooperstown on Wednesday.

10/7/2015 | deGrom's ascent now includes Game 1 start

It was not until late in the summer of 2012 that Jacob deGrom made what baseball development professionals consider one of a prospect's most significant leaps, the move from Class A to Class A Advanced. The last of a sizeable group of future Mets to reach that level, deGrom was a ninth-round pick with an improving fastball and a telltale scar on his right elbow, resting perpetually near the fringes of prospect radar screens.

10/7/2015 | Former Mets hurler Gee hits free agency

As the Mets prepared for their National League Division Series matchup against the Dodgers this week, one of their longest-tenured members quietly became a free agent. Dillon Gee elected free agency after six seasons in New York, each of them seemingly rockier than the one prior.

10/7/2015 | Matz's status will settle Mets' NLDS roster

With two days to go until National League Division Series Game 1 in Los Angeles, the Mets have just one remaining roster decision. If Steven Matz proves ready to pitch after throwing a simulated game Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., he will claim the final spot. If not, left-hander Sean Gilmartin will take Matz's place.

10/7/2015 | Mets, Dodgers to open NLDS with showdown of aces

A riveting NL Division Series loaded with big names and intrigue opens on Friday night with the Mets sending Jacob deGrom out to engage three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.

10/7/2015 | Mets ready to pen new script vs. Kershaw

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.

10/7/2015 | Collins: Harvey, Mets focused on task ahead

At 10 a.m. ET on the dot Wednesday, Matt Harvey emerged from the Mets' clubhouse at Citi Field, hopped up a few steps to the field and began working out with his teammates.

10/6/2015 | From early age, Conforto flashed potential

Michael Conforto's swing -- the short, compact left hook Keith Hernandez compares to Don Mattingly's -- was sculpted late in the night of Northwest winters.

10/6/2015 | Granderson surprises student with tickets

It's a good thing Sabrina Maysonet didn't play hooky, not that she ever considered it. That's because Mets representatives arrived at a local school late last week to give away a four-pack of National League Division Series tickets to a lucky, overachieving student.

10/6/2015 | Matz takes step toward possible Game 4 nod

With an eye toward National League Division Series Game 4, Steven Matz threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field, keeping him in line to start a simulated game Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. If Matz comes out of that healthy, the Mets will include him on the NLDS playoff roster that they must finalize by 1 p.m. ET Friday.

10/6/2015 | Mets and Dodgers offer bountiful GIF baskets

The Mets and Dodgers open the National League Division Series on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.

10/6/2015 | Uribe to miss NLDS, may return for NLCS

Mets infielder Juan Uribe will miss the National League Division Series because of a chest injury, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, but Uribe could be ready for the start of the NL Championship Series if the Mets advance against the Dodgers.

10/6/2015 | Mets-Dodgers full of dream matchups

Individual matchups aren't everything in the postseason crucible, but they do offer a few hints about what might unfold with pulses pounding and so much on the line. As the Dodgers and Mets do their prep work for their National League Division Series opening Friday night at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. ET on TBS), reams of numbers will be studied intently. Every conceivable edge looms as a potential game-changer.

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