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Ruben Tejada

Mets gear up to face 'those 2 animals' at Dodger Stadium

Michael Cuddyer and the New York Mets are well aware of the challenge ahead. First, they get Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And then, Zack Greinke. It's an imposing 1-2 pitching punch that manager Terry Collins referred to last month as "those two animals." "Did we expect to see anybody else? That's what the game's about, to face the best," Collins said Wednesday. Kershaw, last year's NL MVP, struck out 301 hitters this season and finished 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA. He went 11-1 with a 1.22 ERA and four complete games, including three shutouts, in his final 17 starts. The left-hander has won three of the past...