New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Thursday at Citi Field as they close out their series. The Dodgers are -110 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 8.
The New York Mets rallied late on Wednesday and ended up getting the win in a big way in extra innings. Jordan Valdespin hit a pinch hit grand slam home run for the game winner, Lucas Duda had two hits, and Daniel Murphy and David Wright added hits as the Mets scored seven runs on 11 hits. Matt Harvey didn’t show his best stuff as he allowed four hits and three runs while striking out seven over six innings to not factor in the decision as Bobby Parnell got the win to go to 1-0 on the year. For Thursday’s game New York starts Jeremy Hefner who is looking for his first win of the year. For the season Hefner has allowed 17 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out eight over 14 innings of work for an 0-2 record and a 7.07 ERA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are having a disappointing start to the season and blowing the lead Wednesday in the ninth inning has been typical of their play. Matt Kemp hit a home run and had three RBI’s and Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, and Mark Ellis all had hits as the Dodgers scored three runs on four hits. Starting pitcher Ted Lilly allowed six hits and a run while striking out seven over five innings to not factor in the decision as Brandon League blew the save and Josh Wall to the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. For Thursday’s game Los Angeles starts Hyun-Jin Ryu who is still adjusting to his first year in the U.S. and the Major League. For the season Ryu has allowed 27 hits and 11 runs while striking out 26 over 24.2 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.01 ERA.
New York is 13-5 in their last 18 home games, 3-5 in their last eight games overall, and 2-5 in Hefner’s last seven starts. Los Angeles is 7-3 in their last 10 game three of a series, 1-4 in their last five games as a favorite, and 12-6 in their last 18 against the NL East. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six games in New York.
The total in this one is set at eight and I have this one going over that number and that is my pick.