Mets @ Dodgers Series Preview

With the prospect of facing a weak Padres team, the Mets seemed ready to extend their six game winning streak. It was not to be, however, as a close loss in the opener paved the way for another lost series. The road doesn't get any easier in the land of re-call voting, as New York must now face the red hot Dodgers.

This week, the Mets were sent crashing down to Earth, winning just their series finale, 5-1. The Dodgers, on the other hand are in the midst of a six game home stand, taking two out of three against the Expos this week. While the Dodgers still do not have a dangerous offense, they have won 12 out of 17 games overall, and are just three games out of the Wild Card spot. With the Phillies playing in St. Louis and Florida playing in San Francisco this weekend, L.A. has a chance to gain some serious ground.

The Mets' bats came alive on Thursday, but they will need to work even harder this weekend, as they will face some tough pitchers.

Weekend Pitching Matchups:

Fans should be treated to a pretty decent matchup on Friday night. Al Leiter (12-6 4.53 ERA) will be looking to build on the success of his last start, a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in which he gave up just one run in six innings of work. Opposing the Mets will be Hideo Nomo (14-9 2.75 ERA). Nomo is enjoying a solid season for the Dodgers, and is coming off an outstanding performance, tossing seven shutout innings against the Cubs last week.

Saturday's matinee will feature Steve Trachsel (12-7 4.20 ERA) versus Andy Ashby (3-9 5.20 ERA). Trachsel is coming off of a beautifully pitched game, coming one hit away from his first no hitter. Ironically the one hit he gave up was to Rockies' pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao. Ashby hasn't pitched since August 8th, a 3-1 win over the Cubs in which he allowed one run on three hits.

Tom Glavine will try to close out the series on Sunday. Glavine (8-11 4.55 ERA) has had a turbulent season, but has been pitching well of late. Though the Mets lost on Tuesday against the Padres, Glavine left the game with a chance to win, giving up one run on six hits in six innings of work. Los Angeles will counter with staff ace, Kevin Brown (12-6 2.25 ERA). Despite some nagging injuries, Brown has enjoyed a fine season, though was roughed up by the Expos his last time out. Brown allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings en route to a 7-5 loss on Tuesday night.

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