The New York Mets (40-36) and Los Angeles Dodgers (43-33) will open up a four-game National League series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
New York enters this series off a tremendous offensive explosion, setting season highs with 17 runs and 10-extra-base hits in a 17-1 blowout win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. “We haven’t had a lot of days where we’ve had multiple guys in the lineup come up big,” stated Mets manager Terry Collins. The Mets hadn’t scored more than 11 runs in a game this season, but rank 10th in the majors in hitting .260 with runners in scoring position. New York is 4-4 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season, with the “over” going 6-2 in those contests.
Mets starting pitcher Chris Young (1-1, 3.42 ERA) has watched his club drop his last two outings, with the offense providing just four runs of support over that span. He didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-3 home loss to the New York Yankees last time out, giving up three runs and four hits over six frames. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two road starts, but opposing hitters are batting .333 against him. In 14 career starts versus the Dodgers, Young has compiled a 2-5 record and 4.02 ERA, including a 1-4 mark and 5.40 ERA in nine outings at this ballpark.
Los Angeles was held without a run in a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time in its history, which included a 3-0 setback on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s been a long nine days,” commented Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. He’s certainly right about that, with the Dodgers going 1-8 on their recent nine-game road trip against California sides. The club is now set to play without the services of outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, who are both dealing with injuries. Los Angeles is 12-2 as a home favorite of -125 to -150.
Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (9-2, 2.60 ERA) has been absolutely spectacular in front of the home fans, posting a 5-0 record and 1.57 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander will now be focused on winning his first career game against tonight’s opponent, posting an 0-4 mark and 6.35 ERA in five starts versus the Mets, which is the only NL team that he’s never beaten.
Bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 7-0 mark versus NL East teams, while the Mets are 1-5 on the road against left-handed starters.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -129
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