Dodgers @ Mets Series Preview

After a very bad July, the Dodgers are playing well in August and hope to continue it heading into this weekends series at Shea.

Los Angeles (68-53) vs. Mets (58-62)


Pitching Probables

Fri. 16 @ 7:10 -- LA - H. Nomo (11-6, 3.61) NYM - M. Bacisk (2-0, 4.87)
Sat. 17 @ 7:10 -- LA - O. Perez (10-8, 3.14) NYM - P. Astacio (11-5, 3.14)
Sun. 18 @ 1:10 -- LA - A. Ashby (8-9, 3.56) NYM - S. Trachsel (8-8, 3.74)

The offense has sputtered all season long, much like the Mets, but they have found ways to win baseball games and find themselves in the middle of a wild card race. Timely hitting and very good pitching has been their trade mark all-season long.

The New York Mets are in a free-fall and are quickly falling out of the race, if they have not already done so. Loosing eight games in a row at home for the first time in twenty years, things are turning hideous.

In the opener, the Dodgers send the former Met Hideo Nomo out to the mound. He is coming of a bad start against Philadelphia in which he went six innings, giving up six earned runs and eleven hits. Though, he did manage to get a no decision in a Los Angeles win.

The Mets send out Mike Bacisk Friday night who has just been called up from Norfolk to take the spot in the rotation Shawn Estes held before being traded. His last Major League start was in Cinncinnati when he went 4 1/3 while giving up six earned runs in route to a no decision.

Odalis Perez who is having a very impressive season and takes the hill Saturday as he opposes the Mets ace Pedro Astacio. Pedro is coming off his worst outing of season in St. Louis Sunday night.

In the series finale on Sunday, Andy Ashby matches up against Steve Trachsel. Ashby in his last start went 7.1 innings, giving up three runs and eight hits in a no decision in Monteral.

Trachsel has had a fairly good year for his standards and looks to try and get back on track after managing to go only three innings in his last start against San Diego. The defense did not help him much, giving up six runs, only three earned.

The Dodgers are still a rivalry to some people in New York, but for the Mets they just need to win games to stop from embarrassing themselves.

Injuries


Dodgers
Jeff Reboulet 15 Day DL - as of 7/22
Darren Dreifort 60 Day DL - as of 3/31

Mets
Grant Roberts - 15 Day DL as of 7/13
John Franco - Season - as of 3/20
Edgardo Alfonzo - 15 Day DL - as of 8/9
Kane Davis - Season - as of 5/14

Last Transactions Between Dodgers-Mets


On December 1, 1998.....The New York Mets traded Todd Hundley and Arnold Gooch to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Roger Cedeno and Charles Johnson.

Mets On This Date Last Year


August 16 - Loss to Padres 6-5, 54-67, 13.5GB Of Atlanta
August 17 - Loss to Dodgers 8-3, 54-68, 13.5GB Of Atlanta
August 18 - Win vs. Dodgers 5-4, 55-68, 13.5GB Atlanta

Homecomings At Shea


Jesse Orosco (1979-1987)
Mike Kinkade (1998-2000)
Hideo Nomo (1998)

Previous Meetings In 2002 (May)


Mon. 13 at Los Angeles: Mets lose 3-2
Tue. 14 at Los Angeles: Mets win 3-0
Wed. 15 at Los Angeles: Mets win 2-0



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