New York Mets (21-12):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (3-1, 2.82 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers (17-17):
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. Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P
SP: Clayton Kershaw LHP (4-1, 2.04 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
METS-DODGERS NOTES: The Mets are 13-10 in Los Angeles (including the playo s) since 2011.
ON A SERIES ROLL: Having secured at least a series tie, New York is now undefeated in its last eight series, winning six and tying one (with this series outcome still to come)…The Mets have not lost a series since April 11-13…Overall, New York is 3-0-2 in road series.
TONIGHT’S TROPHY MATCHUP: Bartolo Colon and Clayton Kershaw have combined to win 339 games (Colon-221, Kershaw-118) and strikeout 4,080 batters (Colon-2270, Kershaw-1810)…The duo has won four Cy Young Awards (Kershaw-three, Colon-one).
PITCH HAND STRONG: The Mets rank second in the majors with a 2.78 team ERA…New York has allowed the fewest homers (20).
PEN PALS: New York’s bullpen leads the NL and ranks fourth in the majors with a 2.66 ERA (28 earned runs/94.2 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.
INTERESTING NOTES: Yoenis Cespedes has a .615 OBP vs. lefthanders this year, the second-highest mark in the majors… Bartolo Colon has a 75.1 strike percentage (139/185) in the past 14 days, the highest percentage among 141 qualified starters during that span...Mets starting pitchers have walked 14 of 418 righthanded batters (3.3%) this year, the lowest percentage in the majors.
COLON VS. DODGERS: In seven career games during the regular season, all starts, he is 2-5 with a 5.16 ERA (26 earned runs/45.1 innings pitched)…Struck out 28 and walked eight…His 5.16 ERA against Los Angeles is his fourth-highest mark against any opponent…In his two starts against the Dodgers as Met, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA (three earned runs/14.0 innings pitched)…In three career starts at Dodger Stadium he is 2-1 with a 5.30 ERA (11 earned runs/18.2 innings pitched).
METS VS. KERSHAW: Clayton Kershaw is 6-0 with a 1.34 ERA (nine earned runs/60.1 innings) with 61 strikeouts in nine career regular season starts vs. New York…He went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA (four earned runs/13.2 innings) in last year’s NL Division Series…Notable Mets numbers against Kershaw are posted below…
- David Wright: .167 (3-18, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
- Curtis Granderson: .188 (3-16, 2 BB, 2 K)
- Lucas Duda: .133 (2-15, 2 BB, 10 K)
- Yoenis Cespedes: .111 (1-9, 2 K)
- Neil Walker: .111 (1-9, 3 K)