In the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (16-15) and the New York Mets (19-11) at Dodger Stadium, Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.68 ERA) and Steven Matz (4-1, 2.83 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and will air on SNY and SNLA.
In his last start, Kazmir pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 10-5 victory over the Rays. Joc Pederson (.275, 16 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Mets were victorious over the Braves 8-0 the last time Matz pitched. He went 7.2 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out eight. Yoenis Cespedes (.299, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 30 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Mets, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Mets -110 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
In their last game, the Mets won by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 3-3 in one-run games. The Mets have a 6-4 record in close games.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 8-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 2-12. The Mets have a 4-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, New York has hit 47 this season. Los Angeles ranks 28th with 23 home runs.
Ranking 17th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.20 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top half with 8.23.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). New York ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .771.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 6-7. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 4-11 record.