In the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (46-36) and the New York Mets (46-36) at Dodger Stadium, Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.76 ERA) and Steven Matz (1-0, 2.35 ERA) take the mound. The Dodgers won the last game 4-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and will air on PIX11 and SportsNet LA.
In his most recent outing, Bolsinger pitched 4.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out four in a 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. Adrian Gonzalez (.291, 44 Rs, 15 HRs, 50 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Mets were victorious over the Reds 7-2 the last time Matz pitched. He went 7.2 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking three. Curtis Granderson (.251, 42 Rs, 13 HRs, 28 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -135 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 39-33 record and overall money line at -892. The Dodgers rank fourth in the majors in home runs with 104. As for the pitching staff, the Dodgers rank third in the NL in ERA with a 3.25 team average. The Dodgers are third in the league in WHIP at 1.19. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.2 K's per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Mets come into this game with a weak win percentage of .229 when playing as the underdog (8-27) and an overall money line of -44. The Mets will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, New York's run production has dropped to 1.9 runs per game, compared to 4.2 for the duration of the season. New York's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.1 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 3.7. They have a WHIP of 1.20 on the year, good for fourth in the league.
The Dodgers will take on a left-hander (Matz) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 4-8. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Bolsinger. They sport a 34-33 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Mets lost by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 12-15 in one-run games. The Mets have a 16-14 record in close games.
The Mets are 4-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 4-3 in such matchups.
The Mets managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 10-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 32-7. The Mets have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, New York has earned 282 this season. Los Angeles ranks 12th with 345 runs.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 297 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 214.
The Dodgers are 36-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-14 record.