LOS ANGELES -- Here are three hypothetical scenarios that could matter when the Dodgers meet the Mets in the upcoming best-of-five National League Division Series, which starts Friday night at Dodger Stadium (TBS).
1. The Dodgers are facing elimination, but starter Clayton Kershaw is cruising through six innings with a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead when he allows back-to-back, no-out singles with left-handed power-hitting first baseman Lucas Duda coming up.
Ken Gurnick is the Los Angeles Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. He has covered the Dodgers for 25 seasons.
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