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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: Dodgers vs. Mets 7:15 pm et.

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Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX.

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-24):

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

SP: Kenta Maeda RHP (3-3, 3.29 ERA)

New York Mets (28-19):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
7. Ty Kelly (S) 3B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (5-2, 1.94 ERA)

 

Friday Night’s Wrap Up

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Last night’s game was a whirlwind of emotions. From Chase Utley first stepping in the box in the top of the first inning to Curtis Granderson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, last night had a little bit of everything. Continue reading

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 (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.

Game Notes:

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.

 

Final Recap: Dodgers 3 – Mets 2

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May 10, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) on a throw by New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) in the sixth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers (17-16) defeated the New York Mets (20-12) tonight on a walk-off home run by the final score of 3-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Jacob deGrom pitched a solid game tonight, going 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 8 hits. He walked none and struck out 4.
  • Kevin Plawecki was 1-4 with an RBI single.
  • Juan Lagares was 2-4 at the plate tonight.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 with a walk.
  • David Wright had a rough night going 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Wright also made a couple of weak throws tonight in the field.
  • Hansel Robles was charged with the loss after allowing a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th.

This was a tough loss tonight, as anytime you lose in walk-off fashion it stings a little bit. First and foremost the Mets again tonight did not seek revenge against Chase Utley and he went 1-4 with a strikeout. Utley however committed a throwing error on a Michael Conforto ground ball in the top of the second inning, that eventually opened the gates for the Mets to tack on two runs to tie the game.  It’s fair to wonder if the Mets will retaliate in the remaining two games left in the series, or if they will retaliate at Citi Field when the Dodgers visit at the end of the month? Or will they not retaliate at all? It’s a fair question to ponder, but we will know the answer by the end of Thursday night’s contest or after the Dodgers visit Citi Field later this month. 

Jacob deGrom pitched a solid game considering how the first inning started. The Dodgers tacked on two first inning runs on deGrom, which made it look like we may be in for a long night. That wasn’t the case however as deGrom buckled down and did enough to keep the game tied, as well as post a respectable line. As his last start in Dodger Field went during Game Five of the NLDS, deGrom allowed two first inning runs, but pitched six scoreless innings following the first inning. Stats like these are what make baseball such an interesting sport. 

DeGrom also recieved a little help from teammate Yoenis Cespedes on a ball hit by Adrian Gonzalez to deep center field, in the bottom of the fifth that struck the top of the wall. Cespedes had played the ball off the wall and uncorked a throw to second base to nail Gonzalez by a few feet. All Mets fans were holding their collective breath in the top of the sixth, as Cespedes appeared to roll his left ankle as he was heading back to first base standing up on a pickoff attempt. Cespedes would lay on the ground for a couple of minutes while the trainer checked him out, but everything apparently checked out ok, as Cespedes would stay in the rest of the game. It was a close call to say the least.

Michael Conforto is a bit of a rut as he is 3-33 (.091) in his last 36 at-bats since the calendar turned. That includes 15 strikeouts in his last nine games played. It seems since Conforto faced Madison Bumgarner he’s been a bit out of sorts, but he’s young and has a good track record thus far, so I am sure he will work through this. Conforto more likely than not won’t be in the lineup Thursday against Clayton Kershaw, so he will have another shot to right the ship tomorrow before sitting again. 

Hansel Robles was hung with the loss in the bottom of the ninth. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Robles would allow a walk-off solo home run to Dodgers pinch hitter Trayce Thompson. It was Thompson’s second home run against the Mets in as many days which is equally as frustrating.  The Mets however still have a chance to win this series with two games remaining.

  • The Mets and Dodgers will play the third game of their four game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 10:10 pm et. You can watch tomorrow night’s game on SNY.
  • Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.58) will take the mound for the Mets, and oppose the most recent Japanese pitcher to come over to the states in right-hander Kenta Maeda (3-1, 1.66 ERA).

 

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

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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.

Game Notes:

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)