I'm not sure if you've heard, but apparently the Mets are facing Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers tonight in their first playoff game in nearly a decade. Every probable starter for the Mets tonight has faced Kershaw at some point with the exception of Travis d'Arnaud. And while it should be reiterated that past performance against pitchers isn't very useful for predicting future performance, let's take a look at the history:
Michael Cuddyer: Cuddyer is 4-for-16 lifetime against Kershaw with two RBI and three strikeouts in five games
David Wright: The captain has been very efficient against Kershaw, while he's only 3-for-14 at the plate, he's walked four times and has an RBI against the two-time Cy Young winner.
Ruben Tejada: Maybe it's a Joe McEwing vs. Randy Johnson scenario with Tejada and Kershaw, but Tejada just seems to have Kershaw's number. He's 5-for-14 with three walks in 17 plate appearances.
Lucas Duda: Kershaw is able to make a lot of really good hitters look silly, and Duda is one of those guys. He's been lost when facing the 27-year-old ace, going 1-for-10 with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Curtis Granderson: Granderson has been as helpless against Kershaw as Duda. Granderson is also 1-for-10 with one strikeout and a walk.
Daniel Murphy: Despite the lefty-lefty matchup against one of the best pitchers of the last ten years, Murphy's been able to pull off a solid 3-for-10 line and is one of only three starters with an RBI against Kershaw
Yoenis Cespedes: Sound the alarms! Cespedes is 0-for-3 against Kershaw! Everybody panic!
So in total the Mets starters are a combined 17-for-77 (.220 BA) with four RBI, nine walks, and 16 strikeouts. The only Met to hit a home run off Kershaw is Kelly Johnson, who's 3-for-15 lifetime with five strikeouts.