New York Mets (31-37, T-2nd Place-NL East, 10.5 GB) at
Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26, T-2nd Place-NL West, 1GB)
After showing some signs that they were ready to jump back into the race, by picking up 4 games in just over a week to pull within 8.5 games of Washington, The Mets went out and dropped 3 of 4 to those Nationals to fall back to 10.5 out.
Once again, there is no answer for Daniel Murphy, who continues to remind all Mets fans that ownership may have made a mistake letting him walk a couple of years ago.
RECENT GAME RECAP: Mets salvage final game of series against the Nationals
With the Mets once again floundering, the questions will get louder as to what will be done at the trade deadline.
Do they sell now, and rebuild for the future, or try to go ‘all in’ and take a chance of making a run. But if the run fails, then second-guessing will be a common theme into 2018.
The Mets head to Los Angeles for a 4-game series with a Dodger team that has won 3 in a row, and 9 of the last 10.
The Dodgers are 6th in the League in runs scored with 348. In comparison, the Mets are tied for 11th with 331. The Dodgers are also only hitting just 2 points better as a team at .251. Rookie Cody Bellinger is tied for 2nd in the National League with 19 Home Runs on the season.
Here are the pitching matchups for the 4-game series:
Monday: Zack Wheeler (3-4, 4.48) vs. Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.23)
I’ll admit it, there’s no sugarcoating this one: It’s got bad news written all over it. Wheeler is coming off of an outing where he only lasted 1.2 innings vs. the Cubs, allowing 8 runs on 6 hits. Kershaw is the clear-cut leader for Cy Young this year. He’s only allowed more than 2 runs just 3 times all season.
ALL STAR PREDICTIONS: American League
Tuesday: Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50) vs. Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.14)
Gsellman’s last start was his first bad one after winning 3 in a row, allowing more runs in one game (7) than he did in 6 previous appearances combined. McCarthy is good only as long as the Dodgers are able to score. L.A. has posted just 5 runs in his 3 losses, but 19 in his 4 wins.
Wednesday: TBD vs. Rich Hill (3-3, 5.14)
This is Matt Harvey’s spot in the rotation, so a replacement hasn’t ben determined yet. Hill is coming off a 4 inning outing against Cleveland, where he allowed 7 runs in 4 innings during the 12-5 loss by the Dodgers.
ALL-STAR PREDICTIONS: National League
Thursday: Steven Matz (1-1, 3.21) vs. Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90)
Matz had a bummer of a start against Washington, where Murphy and Co. jumped on the few bad pitches Matz threw, hitting 4 Home Runs off of him. Thanks to Kershaw taking the spotlight, Wood is quietly having a Cy Young-worthy season of his own. In addition to his record, Wood is posting an astounding .92 WHIP, while opposing hitters are just posting a .188 Batting Average on Wood.