The New York Mets ousted the Los Angeles Dodgers from the playoffs last season and posted another victory in their initial meeting of this campaign. New York registered a 4-2 victory in the series opener and aims to record another win when they visit the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes had a run-scoring single in Monday’s game to raise his National League-leading RBI total to 31. The red-hot Cespedes has 10 homers and 28 RBIs over his past 19 games and has nine multiple-RBI outings so far this season. Los Angeles will attempt to solve New York’s Jason deGrom on Tuesday after the right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts in last season’s National League Division Series. The Dodgers have lost nine of their last 13 games and have scored three runs or fewer in eight of the nine defeats.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SNY (New York), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)
Mets – 2B N. Walker (Questionable Tuesday, shin), C T. d’Arnaud (15-Day DL, shoulder).
Dodgers – LF S. Van Slyke (15-Day DL, back), LF A. Guerrero (15-Day DL, knee), RF A. Ethier (15-Day DL, shin).
WEATHER REPORT: It’s expected to be a perfect day for baseball in Los Angeles tonight (as usual) with clear conditions and a game-time temperature of around 70 degrees. There will be a very gentle breeze of 5 mph blowing out to right field.
HOT FAN BATTLE:
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (3-1, 1.99 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Alex Wood (1-3, 5.18)
DeGrom suffered his first defeat of the season in his last turn when he gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings against San Diego. He allowed two total earned runs over his first three starts of the campaign before not having his best stuff against the Padres. The 27-year-old deGrom is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Dodgers and has been ineffective against first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (3-for-8, two homers).
Wood is winless in his past four starts and served up three homers while losing to Tampa Bay in his last outing. He has pitched well in each of his two home outings, allowing one run on both occasions while beating Arizona and receiving a no-decision against San Diego. Wood is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets and has experienced issues retiring third baseman David Wright (3-for-7).
The home plate umpire for tonight’s game is Nick Lentz. This is only his third major league game behind the plate and he has never called balls and strikes in a game involving either the Mets or the Dodgers. The home team has won both of his previous two games and the O/U was split 1-1.
* Mets are 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
* Mets are 12-3 in deGrom’s last 15 road starts.
* Dodgers are 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
* Under is 4-0-1 in Dodgers last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
* Mets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 72 percent of the Covers users making picks on this game are siding with the Mets and the total of 7.5 is fairly split with 52 percent choosing the under. View full consensus data here.
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