2015 was a year for the Mets in which a long and slow rebuilding process finally paid off.

For the Dodgers, it was a season where dominant starting pitching from two aces carried the team to a third straight NL West title.

Both teams will be relying heavily on power arms in this year’s NLDS. Here’s a look back at the roads that brought them to October.

New York Mets (90-72, NL East champions)

After years of the front office preaching patience as they tried to put together a young team built to win for years to come, the New York Mets finally began to come of age in 2015. General manager Sandy Alderson spent much of the past few years stockpiling young power arms, and it was those very arms that kept them in the race throughout the first half of the season.

The Mets got off to a quick start in April, as an early 11-game winning streak led the team to the top the standings quickly. But injuries on the offensive side to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud left massive holes in the lineup. Runs were at a premium in most games, but dominant pitching from Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard kept the Mets within striking distance of the Washington Nationals leading up to the trade deadline.

The final week of July was one full of dramatics for New York – but it marked a turning point in the season. Alderson added much needed depth to the bench and bullpen by trading for veteran infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, and reliever Tyler Clippard. A few days later, a tear-jerking trade for outfielder Carlos Gomez fell through, leaving the Mets short on time to bolster the middle of their lineup. But just minutes before the trade deadline, the Mets added star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who went on an incredible two-month run to spark the offense.

That same weekend, the Mets swept the Washington Nationals to take first place in the NL East, and never looked back for the rest of the year, finishing 37-22 after July. Injured players returned, rookie Michael Conforto played above expectations, and outfielder Curtis Granderson and closer Jeurys Familia proved to be huge assets for the Mets all season long.

With just weeks left in the season, a six-run comeback and sweep of the Nationals allowed the Mets to put the NL East to bed, and cruise through September to their first playoff berth in nine years. If the Mets pitching can continue their dominance beyond the regular season, maybe they can bring a World Series title home to Queens.

Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70, NL West champions)

Once again in 2015, the Dodgers showed that payroll was no issue and that they would try to win a World Series at any cost. All season long, the story for the Dodgers has been about their double-aces: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The two pitchers, who could potentially finish first and second in Cy Young voting, carried the Dodgers and made up for the team’s hot and cold offense.

In the first half of the season, that L.A. offense was primarily carried by rookie Joc Pederson, along with first basemen Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner. At the trade deadline, the Dodgers attempted to strengthen the back-end of their rotation by acquiring Alex Wood and Mat Latos. While Wood provided the team with some quality pitching down the stretch, Latos struggled and was eventually released.

The Dodgers were well above .500 at the halfway point, but the offense began to struggle after July – L.A. was even no-hit twice in a span of 10 days. Pederson also hit just .178 with six home runs after the All-Star break, and found himself losing playing time.

Despite the Dodgers’ struggles, continued dominance from Kershaw and Greinke and a September sweep of the Giants allowed the team to go on to win their third straight division title. If Kershaw can conquer his postseason demons, and the team’s two aces can continue their regular-season success, the Dodgers could coast to the World Series without needing much run support.

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