New York Mets (20-12):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (2-2, 2.58 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers (17-16):
1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Howie Kendrick (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. Kenta Maeda (R) P
SP: Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
METS-DODGERS NOTES: The Mets are 12-10 in Los Angeles (including the playoffs) since 2011.
ON A ROLL: 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.
FIRST INNING RECORD: The Mets had at least one batter reach safely in the first inning in a franchise-record 23 straight games (April 15-May 9), before they went 1-2-3 in the first inning last night.
PITCH HAND STRONG: The Mets rank second in the majors with a 2.78 team ERA…New York is fourth in the majors with 290 strike- outs and has allowed the fewest homers (18).
THROWIN DARTS: Since Cespedes made his debut in 2012, he leads the majors with 52 outfield assists…He is tied for second in the majors with four outfield assists this year.
PEN PALS: New York’s bullpen leads the NL and ranks third in the majors with a 2.59 ERA (27 earned runs/93.2 innings)…They have stranded 37 of 46 inherited runners (80%), the fourth-best percentage in the majors…The pen has 29 holds, the most in the majors.
BRINGING THE HEAT: According to FanGraphs, Syndergaard averages the fastest fastball (97.8), slider (91.7) and change-up (89.8) this year.
SYNDERGAARD VS. THE DODGERS: Made one career regular season start against Los Angeles…Went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on July 3, 2015 at Dodger Stadium…Gave up two hits and struck out six batters…In his only postseason start against Los Angeles, he took the loss, going 6.1 innings giving up three runs, earned, while adding nine strikeouts and four walks…He came out of the bullpen in the decisive Game 5 and pitched a scoreless seventh inning giving up just one walk while adding two strikeouts in the Mets 3-2 victory.
ENEMY NUMBER ONE: Chase Utley has played in 181 games in his career against the Mets, the second most among active players behind only Jimmy Rollins (247)… Utley also ranks among the active leaders in hits (185, 2nd behind Rollins, 281), doubles (44, 2nd, Rollins-51), home runs (35, 2nd behind Ryan Howard, 45) and RBI (103, 3rd behind Howard-132 and Rollins-122) against the Mets… Utley has also been hit by a pitch 28 times by Mets pitchers, tied with Ron Hunt for the most all-time.
METS VS. MAEDA: The New York Mets have never faced Kenta Maeda…Maeda was the youngest Japanese pitcher ever to achieve the Triple Crown…Was named the best pitcher in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League in both 2010 and 2015… The 28-year old Japanese right-hander signed an eight-year $25 million deal with $90 million worth of incentives if Maeda reaches certain benchmarks in his contract…Hit a home run in his second major league at-bat off Padres starter Andrew Cashner.