Category: Los Angeles Dodgers

Final Recap: Dodgers 4 – Mets 2

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The Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24) defeated the New York Mets (28-21) by the final score of 4-2 tonight at Citi Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Bartolo Colon pitched a solid game tonight going 6 innings while allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 3 and only walked 1 batter.
  • Curtis Granderson was 2-4 with a double and an RBI triple to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-4 with a solo HR.
  • Jeurys Familia was hung with the loss tonight giving up a bases loaded 2-run single in the top of the 9th.

It has been a rough couple days for us Mets fans. Last night was a complete disaster and tonight was a heartbreaker, after the Mets rallied in the bottom of the eighth on a Curtis Granderson RBI triple off of Dodgers reliever Mike Liberatore, to tie the game. Jeurys Familia has not looked himself at all in his last two outings, both coming against the Dodgers. Tonight in the top of the ninth, Familia loaded the bases, and then allowed a two run RBI single to Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. It would probably be in Familia’s best interest to take a day or two off as he almost cost the Mets a victory on Friday but ultimately cost them one tonight. I believe fatigue could be the factor as Familia has seen his ERA rise to 4.07 with tonight’s outing. However despite the loss, I loved the Mets fight tonight as they immediately took advantage of the Dodgers pulling Kershaw out of the game and tied it up. With tonight’s loss the Mets drop a game out of first place behind the Washington Nationals.

The Mets will have to put this game in the back of their mind as quickly as possible as they have a matinee game tomorrow afternoon against the Chicago White Sox. The Mets will unpleasantly welcome another Mets killer to Citi Field, as White Sox shortstop Jimmy Rollins will make his 2016 Citi Field debut at some point in this series. With Rollins great career numbers against the Mets, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least bit if he starts all three ball games.  It appears we also won’t see recently acquired James Loney until Tuesday as the Mets will face a left-handed pitcher tomorrow afternoon. The White Sox who had been on top of the AL Central Division for the majority of the season have been struggling recently falling out of first place, and this would be a great series for the Mets to get back on track against a struggling ball club. 

  • The Mets and White Sox open their three game series at Citi Field tomorrow with a Memorial Day matinee, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on SNY and ESPN.
  • Matt Harvey (3-7, 6.08 ERA) who threw a one-hit shutout against the White Sox back in 2013 will face southpaw Jose Quintana (5-4, 2.22 ERA) who first signed with the Mets as an international free agent out of Colombia back in 2006.

Lineups & Game Notes: Dodgers vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23):

  1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
  2. Corey Seager (L) SS
  3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
  5. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
  6. Joc Pederson (L) CF
  7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  8. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
  9. Julio Urias (L) P

SP: Julio Urias LHP (Major League Debut)

New York Mets (27-19):

  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. Jacob deGrom (L) P

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (3-1, 3.07 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

DODGERS-METS NOTES: The Mets and Dodgers split a four-game series in LA on May 10-13…The last time the Mets won a home series vs. the Dodgers was in 2011.

GETTING HOT:The Mets have won five of their last six games and are 6-4 in their last 10 contests…Overall, the Mets are 13-8 at home and New York is 8-2-2 in their last 12 series.

TOP FLIGHT PITCHING: The Mets rank third in the majors with a 3.08 team ERA…New York has allowed 32 homers, the fewest in the majors…Mets pitchers have issued 105 walks, the fewest in the majors…The Mets pen leads the majors with a 2.36 ERA (35 earned runs/133.2 innings)…The pen is also first with a 1.97 ERA (14 ER/64.0 IP) in May.

LOOKIN’ MIGHTY FAMILIA: Jeurys Famiia is 16-for-16 in save opportunities and is tied for second in the majors in saves…Familia has 32 consecutive saves in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, which is the longest streak in team history, one more than Billy Wagner.

GETTING WRIGHT ON TRACK: David Wright has homered in each of his last two games and has four RBI in those contests…Wright has five RBI in his last four games and has hit in five straight games, going 5-20 (.250)…Wright’s four homers this month are the most for him in a calendar month since June, 2013 (five homers)…Wright holds a career .332 average against the Los Angeles Dodgers which is tied with Colorado Rockies for his highest average against any NL opponent.

HEY YO!: Yoenis Cespedes leads the majors with 15 home runs, and leads the NL and is third in the majors with 36 RBI…He leads the NL and is second in the majors with a .660 slugging percentage… Cespedes has 33 RBI over his last 34 games…Cespedes has six homers and 17 RBI in 19 home games this year.

 

BIG CITI deGROM: Jacob deGrom is 13-7 with a 1.94 ERA in 28 starts at Citi Field…His 1.94 home ERA is the third- lowest in the majors since 2014 among pitchers with at least 150 innings…Trails Clayton Kershaw (1.65) and Jake Arrieta (1.75).

VS. DODGERS: deGrom has made four career starts against the Dodgers in the regular season and two starts in the postseason…He faced the Dodgers earlier this season, receiving the no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 loss on May 10…He pitched a season-high 7 innings, allowing two runs…deGrom has never beaten the Dodgers in the regular season as in four career regular season starts, deGrom is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA with 23 strikeouts.

METS VS. URIAS: Dodger’s left-hander Julio Urias will be making his major league debut against the New York Mets tonight…The 19-year old is currently ranked as the Dodgers number one prospect and number two prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com…Urias currently held a 27 inning scoreless streak at Triple-A Oklahoma City before being recalled.

 

Mets news & notes from last night’s ballgame.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon wipes his face as he walks off the field after giving up four runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Last night the New York Mets fell victim to the Clayton Kershaw Express as he blanked the Mets in a complete game shutout while only allowing three hits and striking out 13. Continue reading

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Dodgers 10:10 pm et.

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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.

Game Notes:

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)

Final Recap: Mets 4 – Dodgers 3

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The New York Mets (21-12) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (17-17) by the final score of 4-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Noah Syndergaard was a star at the plate tonight going 2-4 with 2 home runs, which included a solo HR, and a 3-run HR.
  • Syndergaard pitched a great game on the mound as well, going 8 innings, while only allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 6 while only walking 1.
  • Michael Conforto appears to be getting out of his funk going 2-5 with 2 base hits.
  • Neil Walker was 1-4 with a double in his return to the lineup.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with a double.
  • Jeurys Familia converted his 12th save of the season but allowed one run to score in the bottom of the ninth.

Noah Syndergaard took over Hollywood tonight on the eve of his anniversary of his major league debut, and had a historic game at the plate to provide himself with all of the run support he would need. Syndergaard took Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda deep twice tonight, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the third, and then hitting a three-run home run in the top of the fifth. Both of Syndergaard’s home runs were absolute bombs that registered over 400 feet, and they displayed the raw power that Thor possesses with a bat in his hand. Syndergaard joins Walt Terrell as the only Mets pitcher to hit two home runs in a game, and he tied the franchise record for a pitcher with four RBI’s tonight. Syndergaard also delivered on the mound as he mowed through the Dodgers lineup and only made two mistake pitches that hurt him tonight. Syndergaard had surrendered a solo home run to Corey Seager in the bottom of the third, and a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the fourth, which were his only mistakes. Syndergaard’s fastball was once again registering in the triple digits and he seemed absolutely locked in tonight. It was especially helpful for Syndergaard to pitch deep on a night where the Mets are playing a pitcher short due to Steven Matz’s recent elbow soreness.

Besides Syndergaard’s historic night at the plate the Mets bats could not get much going. The Mets left nine runners on base tonight, and were 1-9 with runners in scoring position. The Mets let a golden opportunity slip leaving the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with two outs, and Eric Campbell going down striking out. They also had another opportunity in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and one out, but both Syndergaard and Curtis Granderson struck out. It’s a good thing Syndergaard was able to take matters into his own hands because he accounted for all of the Mets runs tonight. 

It was not an easy ninth inning for Jeurys Familia as he did not have his best stuff tonight and was struggling to throw strikes. Adrian Gonzalez started the inning of with a hard hit double to center field, but Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera each made absolutely fantastic plays to rob the next two batters of hits to help bail Familia out. Familia’s fortunes then seemed to change as he then made quick work of Yasiel Puig firing three straight strikes to end the ball game. Familia is now 12 for 12 in save opportunities thus far this season and he is a big piece to this team’s success. There is no reason to think that Familia won’t save around fifty ball games for the Mets this season. 

It appears that Mets brass are considering sending Eric Campbell down to AAA for lefty Sean Gilmartin, in order to give the Mets another arm out of the bullpen, when they head to Colorado after tomorrow night’s game. The Mets are going to be playing shorthanded for the next four days until Steven Matz is checked out by a doctor Monday, and the extent of his soreness is medically diagnosed. 

Also one last note Mets fans may be concerned about, Chase Utley was not plunked in any of his four plate appearances, and went 0-4 tonight.

  • The Mets look to take the four game series against the Dodgers tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium although it will not be an easy task facing the Dodgers ace. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 pm et. and can be seen on SNY.
  • Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.82 ERA) will hope to do his best Noah Syndergaard impression on the mound (and maybe the plate) tomorrow evening against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.02 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Dodgers 10:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (19-11):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (4-1, 2.83 ERA)

Los Angeles Dodgers (16-15):

1. Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
2. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
4. Justin Turner (R) 3B
5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
6. Trayce Thompson (R) CF
7. A.J. Ellis (R) C
8. Charlie Culberson (R) SS
9. Scott Kazmir (L) P

Game Notes:

METS-DODGERS NOTES: The Mets are 11-9 in Los Angeles (including the playoffs) since 2011.

NLDS REMATCH: The Mets and Dodgers met in last year’s NL Division Series…New York won Games 1 and 5 in Los Angeles to advance to the NLCS…Steven Matz started Game 4 at Citi Field and took the loss, allowing three runs in 5.0 innings.

BIG TIME SLUGGERS: The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage…Yoenis Cespedes (.701) leads the majors in slugging…New York leads the majors with a .507 road slugging percentage.

SCORING FIRST LEADS TO SUCCESS: The Mets have outscored the opposition 23-5 in the first inning this year…The five first-inning runs allowed are the fewest in the majors…New York has scored first in 18 of its last 24 games…The Mets are 17-3 when they score first this year, including 10-2 on the road.

THE MATZ MACHINE: Steven Matz is 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA (two earned runs/27.0 innings pitched) over his last four starts…He has struck out 29 and walked five in that stretch…The last Mets starter to win five straight starts was Jacob deGrom, July 8-August 2, 2014…Matz has not allowed a run in a career-high 13.2 innings entering tonight…Matz has allowed only one extra-base hit to a left- handed batter in his major league career.

DIRTY DOZEN: Steven Matz is making his 12th major league start tonight…He is 8-1 through his first 11 starts…His eight wins are the most by any pitcher through their first 11 starts in club history… Since 1913, only Kaz Ishii, Mel Stottemyre and Dave Ferriss have more wins in their first 11 starts…The trio each has nine victories.

MATZ VS. DODGERS: Has made two career starts (one regular season, one postseason) against the Dodgers…Won, 8-0, on July 5, 2015, at Dodger Stadium while tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits… Matz struck out eight and walked two…Started Game 4 of the NLDS against Los Angeles-NL at Citi Field…Took the loss in the Mets’ 3-1 defeat…Pitched 5.0 innings and allowed three runs, on six hits…Struck out four and walked two.

GOOD WITH THE BAT: Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .321 (9-28) in May…With a runner on base and two outs, Cabrera is batting .333 (6-18)… Cabrera has a 50% (11-22) line drive rate over the past seven days, to lead 154 qualifying players.

HOMER PERCENTAGE: The Mets have scored 75 of their 133 runs this year on home runs, for a 56.4 percentage, the highest rate in the majors according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

METS VS. KAZMIR: The Mets will face their former top pitching prospect Scott Kazmir tonight…Kazmir was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2002 MLB First Year Player Draft with the 15th pick out of the University of Notre Dame… On July 30 2004 Kazmir was traded along with minor league pitcher Joselo Díaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for veteran starting pitcher Víctor Zambrano and minor league reliever Bartolomé Fortunato…Kazmir has made 3 career starts against his former organization and has posted a 2-1 record with a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings pitched…Kazmir has struck out 22 and walked 4…Notable Mets career numbers against Kazmir at the plate are posted below…

  • David Wright: .400 (2-5, 1 2B)
  • Curtis Granderson: .273 (3-11, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
  • Lucas Duda: .200 (1-5, 1 K)
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .118 (2-17, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .000 (0-6, 1 BB, 5 K)
  • Juan Lagares: .250 (1-4, 1 BB, 1 K)
  • Wilmer Flores: .000 (0-4, 4 K)

Utley’s Suspension Dropped…

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Los Angeles Dodgers and Mets nemesis, Chase Utley will not serve his 2-game suspension that was handed down by Major League Baseball, after his takeout slide into Ruben Tejada last postseason. Utley had been appealing the suspension and a decision was announced today to drop Utley’s suspension. Continue reading