New York Mets (20-11):
1. Juan Lagares (R) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (3-1, 1.99 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers: (16-16):
1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Joc Pederson (L) CF
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Carl Crawford (L) LF
9. Alex Wood (R) P
SP: Alex Wood LHP (1-3, 5.18 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
METS-DODGERS NOTES: The Mets are 12-9 in Los Angeles (including the playoffs) since 2011.
SERIES MASTERS: New York is undefeated in its last seven series, winning six and tying one…The Mets have not lost a series since April 11-13…Overall, New York is 3-0-2 in road series.
PITCH HAND STRONG: The Mets rank second in the majors with a 2.77 team ERA…New York is fourth in the majors with 286 strike- outs and has allowed the fewest homers (17).
PLAYOFF deGROMINATION: Jacob deGrom made two starts vs. the Dodgers during last year’s NLDS, going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA (two earned runs/13.0 innings)…DeGrom started Game 1 and Game 5 at Dodger Stadium…He tied a postseason franchise record with 13 strikeouts in Game 1.
DEGROM VS. DODGERS IN REGULAR SEASON In three career regular season starts against the Dodgers, deGrom is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings with 19 strikeouts.
CASTAWAY: Mets relievers have stranded 37 of 44 inherited runners (80%), the best percentage in the NL and the fourth-best mark in the majors.
HOMER HAPPY: The Mets have scored 77 of their 137 runs this year on home runs, for a 56.2 percentage, the highest rate in the majors according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Overall, the Mets lead the majors with 49 home runs…The Mets lead the majors with 33 home runs on the road…The Mets have hit 10 first inning home runs this year, ranking second in the majors…Houston is first with 11…New York leads the majors with a .504 road slugging percentage.
CUBAN MISSLE: Yoenis Cespedes has three home runs in his last five contests… Cespedes has hit six homers and has 17 RBI over his last 12 games and 10 home runs and 28 RBI over his last 19 contests…Cespedes leads the NL and is second in the majors with 31 RBI…His 11 home runs are tied for the third-most in the majors…He ranks third in the majors with a .792 road slugging percentage.
GRAND ENTRANCE: Curtis Granderson hit his 37th career leadoff home run last night…He is tied with Ichiro Suzuki for the second- most among active players…Jimmy Rollins has 46…Granderson has 13 leadoff home runs with the Mets…Only Jose Reyes (16) has more in franchise history…Since 2014, Granderson leads the majors with 13 leadoff homers.
ENEMY NUMBER ONE: Chase Utley has reached base safely in 27 of his last 32 games against the Mets, batting .319 with nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 18 RBI along with a .926 OPS since Aug. 28, 2013…has played in 180 games in his career against the Mets, the second most among active players behind only Jimmy Rollins (247), while also ranking among the active leaders in hits (184, 2nd), doubles (43, 2nd), home runs (35, 2nd) and RBI (103, 3rd).
METS VS. WOOD: Alex Wood has made seven career starts combined against the Mets as both a member of the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers…The 25-year old left-hander holds a 0-3 record with a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings against the Mets…Wood has struck out 40 and walked 16…Notable numbers against Wood are provided below…
- David Wright: .429 (3-7, 2 BB, 1 K)
- Wilmer Flores: .300 (3-10, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
- Juan Lagares: .222 (4-18, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
- Curtis Granderson: .125 (1-8, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
- Lucas Duda: .200 (2-10, 2 BB, 4 K)
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .667 (2-3, 1 2B, 1 K)
- Neil Walker: .286 (2-7, 1 2B, 2 K)