Clayton Kershaw (5-6, 3.20 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 3.59 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (45-35) and the New York Mets (40-40) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 3 and can be seen on SNY, SportsNet LA and ESPN.
Kershaw is 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his appearances against the Mets, and goes up against a below-average New York offense which is batting just .232 this season. Justin Turner (.314, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 37 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI. Syndergaard went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out five in a 2-1 win over the Reds in his most recent start. Curtis Granderson (.254, 42 Rs, 13 HRs, 28 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a substantial -210 favorite, takes on New York. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -647 and a record as the favorite of 39-32. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 102. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Dodgers, who have a team ERA of only 3.25. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.2.
In the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of -153 and a disappointing record of 7-27 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, the Mets have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.5 runs per game by averaging 2.0 during that stretch. The Mets allow 3.7 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Dodgers have a 41-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Syndergaard takes the mound. Kershaw (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 6-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 17-13, while New York is 17-15.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 12-33 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Dodgers have won their last two games while the Mets have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 31-7. The Mets have a 26-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, New York has earned 277 this season. Los Angeles ranks 11th with 340 runs.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 289 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 212.
The Dodgers are 35-22 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-14 record.