Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) and the New York Mets meet Brett Anderson (10-9, 3.69 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the Divisional Playoffs at Citi Field. The Dodgers won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:37 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 12 and will air on TBS.
In his most recent outing, Harvey pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one runs (one unearned) and striking out 11 in a 2-0 loss to the Nationals. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 102 Rs, 36 HRs, 106 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 Saturday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Dodgers were victorious over the Giants 3-2 the last time Anderson pitched. He went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out three. Justin Turner (.298, 56 Rs, 16 HRs, 61 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Saturday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have the New York Mets listed as a -160 favorite and the Over/Under (O/U) is 6.5. The Mets are a dangerous hitting team with 492 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Turning to the pitching staff, the Mets are second in the league in WHIP at 1.178.
They have a WHIP of 1.180, third best in the MLB.
The Mets have gotten the best of the Dodgers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-4. The Mets will take on a left-hander (Anderson) 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 right-hander Harvey. They sport a 70-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
Los Angeles has won 52% (32-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 58% (39-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 15-25 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 71-12. The Mets have a 64-9 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Los Angeles both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. New York sits at 17th with 688 runs this season and Los Angeles ranks 18th with 673.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 493 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 568.
The Mets are 64-31 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 69-39 record.