MLB Weekend Series Preview- Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
This Friday night features Game 1 of a three-game weekend showdown between two teams not only battling for their division title, but battling each other for a spot in the playoffs as a wildcard when the Los Angeles Dodgers make a trip to the East Coast to square-off against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep to Philadelphia with a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night as a 117 home favorite. It is now 49-44 on the year and three games in back of San Francisco in the NL West. It is 3-7 in its last 10 games and 20-24 on the road this year.
New York continues fade in the NL East with a six-game losing streak that has dropped it eight games back in the division and five games back in the wildcard race. The Mets are 46-45 overall and they have a 26-20 record at Citi Field this season.
Friday, July 20
Aaron Harang vs. Johan Santana
Harang comes into this matchup with a 6-5 record and 3.53 ERA in 18 previous outings. He gave-up four earned runs and four walks in a June 29 loss to the NY Mets. Overall, the right-hander is 3-4 against New York with a 6.09 ERA.
Santana is 6-6 overall with an ERA of 3.59, but he has given-up 13 earned runs on 21 hits in his last two starts. The left-hander held the Dodgers scoreless on three hits in eight innings of work on June 30. He is a perfect 5-0 against LA with an ERA of just 0.50.
Saturday, July 21
Chris Capuano vs. Miguel Batista
Capuano has remained solid all season long with a 9-5 record in 19 starts with a 2.75 ERA. The left-hander has given-up a total of five earned runs in his last five starts. He is 0-5 lifetime against the Mets with a 5.86 ERA.
Batista has spent most of the season in the bullpen, but he will be making his fifth start of the season on Saturday. The right-hander has an overall ERA this season of 4.33 and was tagged for three hits and two runs this past Wednesday in a relief role against Washington. He is 7-6 against the Dodgers with a 3.04 ERA.
Sunday, July 22
Nathan Eovaldi vs. Jon Niese
It has been a rough go of it for Eovaldi this season with a 1-6 record, but the rookie does have a respectable 4.33 ERA in his nine previous starts. He held the Phillies to three earned runs on six hits in five innings his last time out.
Niese is 7-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts this season. The left-hander was tagged with seven earned runs on nine hits in a July 8 start against the Cubs, but bounced back by giving-up just one earned run and three hits to the Nationals in his last outing.
The Dodgers are 7-19 in their last 26 games and 2-5 in their last seven games against the NL East. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of their last six games on the road.
The Mets are 3-9 in their last 12 home games following a road trip of seven or more days, but 6-1 in their last seven games against the NL West. The total has gone ‘over’ in nine of their last 15 games against the NL West.
Head-to-head, Los Angeles is 2-6 in the last eight meetings and 1-5 in its last six games at Citi Field. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the last 10 meetings.
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