Series Preview: Mets vs. Dodgers

The New York Mets host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field for a four-game set.

The Mets (49-46) will be facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers (54-42) in New York in an upcoming four-game series. Both teams are at the top of the National League, with the Mets holding onto second place in the NL East and the Dodgers in first place in the NL West.

Thursday: Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.86 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 2.68 ERA)

One of the older pitchers for the Mets, 42-year-old Bartolo Colon has struggled getting wins of late. He gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings last Saturday against St. Louis, increasing his ERA from his last ten starts to 5.74. He has also lost his last five starts pitching for the Mets.

Clayton Kershaw has shutout the Mets nearly every time he has faced them and he is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. The last time the two faced off, Kershaw allowed one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He will be coming out strong for the first game of the series as he works to retain his very low 0.58 ERA over his past four starts.

Friday: Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.36 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (9-2, 1.30 ERA)

The left-handeder Niese will be coming off of pitching eight consecutive quality starts for the Mets. In his last game played on Sunday he threw strikeouts and allowed zero runs in seven innings against the Cardinals. For home games this season he has thrown thirty strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.37.

Zack Greinke has been breaking records and expanding scoreless streaks all season. He will be going into Friday’s game to continue his 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, marking the fourth longest streak since 1961. Greinke’s streak of six straight starts with zero runs allowed is tied for the longest in the majors since 1900, and he has only allowed 19 runs this season.

Saturday: Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19 ERA) vs TBA

Matt Harvey will be coming off of a difficult game in his last start on Monday against the Nationals. He struggled early on in the game and gave up five runs in seven innings, ultimately leading to a Nats victory. Harvey had warmed up as he went further into the game pitching his last four innings without allowing a run. He was also the only Met to score that night, bringing home the team’s only two runs of the game.

The Dodgers pitcher is yet to be announced as the team recently demoted Brandon Beachy, who threw a 7.22 ERA in his last two starts. Depending on if there are any trade acquisitions made soon, Zach Lee may take the starting spot or this game.

Sunday: Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.18 ERA) vs Brett Anderson (5-5 3.33 ERA)

The Mets are saving their best pitcher of the four starters for last. DeGrom had a dominant performance in his last game on Wednesday against the Giants, throwing eight scoreless innings and ten strikeouts in 99 pitches. For home games this season, deGrom has thrown a staggering 61 strikeouts and 1.67 ERA.

Anderson’s start will mark his return after a small injury on Tuesday when he had soreness in his Achilles. In his last game he had a less than stellar game as he allowed three runs and five hits, accumulating a 10.13 ERA. Anderson’s statistics are decent for away games, though, throwing 41 strikeouts and 1.40 WHIP.

More about the series:

The Dodgers are not taking any chances with Anderson’s injury, as they have already lost Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the rest of the season due to injuries.

Carl Crawford returned to the Dodgers on Tuesday after missing 75 games for a torn oblique muscle. After Andre Ethier’s strong playing as his replacement in left field, however, Crawford may has lost his starting spot in the outfield.

Similar to the Mets offensive struggles, the Dodgers have only had six hits each in their last two games.

Ruben Tejada will be coming into the series on a ten-game hitting streak, an offensive feat that the Mets are hoping to help break its current hitting slump.

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