Matchup: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets
Date/Time: April 24, 2013 7:10 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from Sportsbook.AG
Probable Starters: Lilly (Dodgers) vs. Harvey (Mets)
Moneyline: Mets -160
The Dodgers travel to New York to face the Mets in a prime time east coast versus west coast match up. The Dodgers and their high payroll have failed to impress so far this season. The Mets hope to keep that trend going as they send their big righty at 6-4 225, Matt Harvey to the mound.
The Mets have been respectable in the early going in spite of losing some key players in the off season, most notably Jose Reyes. If Met fans have any reason to cheer this year it is because of the man taking the hill on Wednesday night in Matt Harvey. Harvey has been absolutely dominant this season and would win the Cy Young Award if it were given out today. His numbers are amazing in the early going. 4 wins 0 losses with an ERA of 0.93. He has only given up 10 hits in 29 innings pitched to go along with 32 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .108 against him. Now those are dominating statistics. Offensively the Mets are lead by Daniel Murphy (.348), David Wright (.311) and a surprising John Buck (.290 7HR 22RBI). The Mets are not flashy offensively but have some solid players to score some runs.
The Dodgers will be sending Ted Lilly to the mound on Wednesday night. The veteran Lilly will be making his first start of the season. The lefty had been on the DL since having left shoulder labrum surgery. He has respectable career numbers against the Mets. He is 2-2 with an ERA of 3.68 and has only given up 31 hits in 36.2 innings pitched. He will be hoping that Adrian Gonzalez (.385), Carl Crawford (.338), and AJ Ellis (.320) will be able to manufacture some runs for him. I say manufacture because the Dodgers are very limited in the power department, especially with the high priced Hanley Ramirez still on the DL. Their leading home run man has only 2. Adrian Gonzalez leads the team in RBI with 14 but the next closest man has only 7.
As I see it, everything favors the Mets in this one. Harvey has been dominant and the Dodgers flat out have trouble scoring. I also don't like the fact that Lilly will be making his first start after surgery in what will be a very cold night in New York. The Mets may not score a lot in this one but 1 may actually be enough. Take the Mets at home.