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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This will be Syndergaard’s first career postseason appearance. His key to the game?“The establishment of being able to throw my fastball to both sides of the plate,” he said. “I mean, big league hitters can catch up to the fastball to no matter how hard it is. So as long as you’re able to change speeds, I feel like I’m going to have success.” Like Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom on Friday, Greinke and Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will have to contend with a hitter-friendly atmosphere today in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.The heat (the temperature was 92 degrees at game time Friday) is expected to settle in the mid-80s in time for the first pitch today. Syndergaard, 23, went 9-7 with a 3.24 earned-run average in 24 starts for the Mets. The rookie right-hander has dialed his fastball up to 99 mph on occasion this season.Greinke offers a contrasting style, a reliance on mind games over miles per hour. It worked quite well for the 31-year-old veteran as he led MLB with a 1.66 earned-run average, making him a favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award.“I think experience kind of helps being in the playoffs,” Greinke said, “because I do sort of treat it sort of similar to just a regular game or I try to as much as possible. The first time in the playoffs is a little bit different. I feel it’s helped out just trying to keep it as similar as just any other game.”center_img Zack Greinke was crushing the ball.Sure, it was only batting practice and sure, it was a sweltering Thursday afternoon, not the calm, cool air typical of Dodger Stadium in October. But Greinke doesn’t often crush the ball. For all his talent at the plate (he’s the only pitcher Don Mattingly batted eighth all season) Greinke does more damage via batting average than slugging percentage.But Greinke noticed.“It’s been traveling all year, it seems like,” he said. “Yeah, it is pretty hot, so it should travel a little bit more than average. But the same weather both teams have to play with.”last_img read more