Dodgers and Mets set to battle it out at Citi Field this weekend

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.

Series Overview

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.

Dodgers and Mets set to battle it out at Citi Field this weekendDaily Starters

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.

MLB Betting Trends

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.

 

 

Dave Schwab

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