Mets @ Dodgers Series Preview

The Mets hope a trip out west will put the brakes on their recent skid. After a much needed day off, the Mets, losers of three straight games, head out west to take on the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. Solid pitching and hot bats have propelled L.A. to such a fast start. Led by Paul Lo Duca, and Dave Roberts, the Dodgers have been beating teams with timely hits and excellent base running. New addition Milton Bradley has also been a big contributor to the team as well.

Meanwhile the Mets are falling into the same trap that hampered their 2003 season. While the pitching has been decent, the bats have been practically silent. While it is still early in the season, the team will have to start playing better soon, before they fall too far behind to catch up with the division leaders.

Probable Pitching Match-ups

The Mets will send Tom Glavine to the mound, hoping their ace can shut down an LA team that scored nine runs on Sunday versus the Giants. Glavine (2-1, 1.00 ERA) pitched well his last time out, giving up just one run on five hits. Unfortunately, the offense didn't give him enough support, resulting in the first loss of the season for Glavine.

The Dodgers will counter with Hideo Nomo. Nomo (3-1, 6.55 ERA) has pitched pretty well, but has also been lucky enough to be bailed out by his offense. Nomo earned a win last week against the Rockies despite giving up four runs on nine hits.

Steve Trachsel (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will pitch on Wednesday night. Trachsel looked sharp last week, allowing just one run in seven strong innings of work against the Expos.

Pitching for L.A. will be former All-Star Odalis Perez (1-1, 3.86 ERA). The Giants banged him around on Saturday night, scoring four runs on seven hits in only six innings. Perez, however, did not factor in the decision.

The series finale will feature Jae Weong Seo versus Jeff Weaver. Seo (0-3, 6.60 ERA) is off to another slow start. Over the weekend, the Cubs tuned Seo up for three runs in six innings.

Jeff Weaver (1-2, 6.75 ERA) is probably happy to be out of New York, but has yet to rediscover his touch in L.A. The much maligned rightly gave up five runs on seven hits in seven innings of work versus the Giants over the weekend.

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