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|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|New York Mets||+1.5 (-105)
|O 8 (-110)
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-1.5 (-115)
|U 8 (-110)
The Dodgers just swept the Mets at Citi Field last week and did so in brutal fashion. After taking two tight, one-run ball games to open in, the Dodgers poured it on in the finale to the tune of a 14-4 loss. It’s hard to see the end result changing in this one based on the way Buehler is dealing.
We’re taking the under and the Dodgers money line.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (46-44-2)
|Teams||New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Location||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Time||Thursday, August 19, 10:10 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||MLB.TV|
The front runner for the NL Cy Young award winner for a long time was Jacob DeGrom. Then Zack Wheeler was the front runner for a while. But the whole time, waiting in the weeds has been Walker Buehler who has dominated all season long.
The Dodgers’ ace leads the league in ERA (2.09) and quality starts (21), is tied for third in wins (12), fourth in WHIP (0.94), and 10th in strikeouts (162) in 154.2 innings.
He’s been unbelievable for the better part of three months, with 16 quality starts in his past 17 outings — the only time he didn’t achieve the feat he still pitched seven innings and picked up a no-decision.
He’s somehow been even better than that the past seven starts. Buehler’s gone six innings or more and given up one run or fewer in six of his past seven outings. That includes his last start which was against the Mets and he picked up a no-decision, giving up one run in seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
The Mets counter with an All-Star of their own in Taiijuan Walker, who had been spectacular until a month ago before all of a sudden the breaks fell off.
The Mets have lost Walker’s past five outings and he has picked up four of those losses himself, giving up 24 earned runs in 27.2 innings.
That said, Walker did seem to be getting back to form his last time out, giving up just one run in 6.2 innings the last time out against the Dodgers.
The Mets are just 7-15 in their past 22 games, watching their slim lead in the NL East evaporate into a four-game deficit and a current third-place foothold.
However, New York did snap a five-game losing streak with a win against the Giants on Wednesday.
This will be another stiff test for an offense that has been pretty much terrible all season, coming into play ranking 19th in OBP (.311), 24th in batting average (.235), 26th in slugging percentage (.380) and 28th in runs (450).
It’s significant for L.A. too. The Dodgers have won six in a row and 10 of their last 11. However the issue is the Giants are 9-2 in that stretch, so they’ve only been able to pull within three games of the division lead.
Yesterday they used a three-run first inning to propel them to a sweep of the Pirates.
The Dodgers polished off a sweep of the Pirates with a 9-0 drubbing on Wednesday. As far as X-factors, we’re going to look at AJ Pollock who is looking like he’s going to earn himself another nice contract.
Pollock is hitting .309 this year with 15 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .886 OPS. He had a huge night yesterday, too, going 3-of-5 with a home run and three runs scored.
For the Mets, second baseman Jonathan Vilar is in the midst of one of his best stretches of the season. Villar is hitting .345 (10-of-29) the past week and leads the team in home runs (2), RBIs (5), and is second in hits (10) during that span.
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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