Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) and the New York Mets go up against Clayton Kershaw (16-8, 2.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (93-72) in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs at Citi Field. The game gets underway at 8:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will air on TBS.
In his most recent outing, Matz pitched 5.2 innings, giving up three runs and striking out eight in a 6-4 victory over the Reds. Yoenis Cespedes (.291, 105 Rs, 37 HRs, 109 RBIs, 7 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Dodgers were unsuccessful the last time Kershaw pitched. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 11 and walking four in a 3-1 loss to the Mets. Andre Ethier (.294, 55 Rs, 14 HRs, 54 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Mets are a dangerous hitting team with 498 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. As for the pitching staff, the Mets are second in the league in WHIP at 1.181. They have a WHIP of 1.186, third best in the MLB.
The Mets have gotten the best of the Dodgers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-4. The Mets will take on a left-hander (Kershaw) in this game and have an 18-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the left-hander Matz. They sport a 22-17 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
Los Angeles has won 52% (32-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 59% (40-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are heading in with a 22-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 71-12. The Mets have a 64-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 680 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 12th with 701.
Ranking 10th, New York is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 498 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 570.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 65-31, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 69-40 when hitting one or more homers.