A potential NLCS preview? Some baseball experts would say yes! The Mets and Dodgers both come in with the two best records in the National League are set to meet in Flushing, Queens for a three game series set at Citi Field. The Dodgers are just looking to put the icing on the cake on their already large NL West division lead while the Mets are still trying to hold on for dear life, with the Braves breathing down their necks in the NL East. Who will come out on top in this series, after a four game series split at Dodger Stadium back in June?
Dodgers Record: 89-38
Mets Record: 82-47
Andrew Heany 2-1, 1.94 ERA vs Taijuan Walker 10-3, 3.38 ERA
Tyler Anderson 13-2, 2.69 ERA vs Jacob deGrom 3-1, 2.15 ERA
Dustin May 1-1, 1.64 ERA vs Chris Bassitt 11-7, 3.34 ERA
What to watch:
Francisco Lindor’s struggles:
Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, who has had an outstanding second year in Queens, has been struggling as of late. Lindor has been hitless in his last 17 at bats and has gone a dismal one for 21 in his last six games. The Mets are holding on to a slim three game lead in the NL East right now so it will be important for Lindor to step up.
Mark Canha’s hot streak:
Mark Canha has been raging hot as of late for the Mets and at the right time too. The Mets outfielder has seen his average climb to .278, as he has gone five for 15 in his last seven games with four doubles and three runs batted in. Canha’s had a great August overall as he has hit .307 with 12 extra base hits, three of them going for home runs and 16 runs batted in. He’ll look to continue his hot streak into this series as the calendar nears September.
Mookie Betts hot streak:
The Mets will be having their hands full as the Dodgers outfielder has been unstoppable as of late. In just three games, Betts has gone eight for 15 with four home runs. The Mets will definitely have their hands full.
The pitching matchup:
Game one of the series will offer a pretty solid pitching matchup. For the Dodgers they will have Andrew Heaney on the mound for them. Heaney has been pretty impressive after a rough season a year ago. In his last two starts he has struckout a combined 20 batters and has seen his ERA dip to 1.94. For the Mets, they will have Taijuan Walker in game one. He will look for better results than his last two starts, after only going a combined seven innings. Game two will offer a better matchup with both team aces on the mound for both clubs. The Dodgers will have Tyler Anderson pitch in game two who has really become the ace of the Dodgers rotation. Anderson has just two losses all season long after having 11 the entire season last year.
The Mets will look for the same success from their ace Jacob deGrom since coming off the IL. The two-time CY Young Award winner has struck out a combined 18 batters in his two starts combined and 46 overall in just five starts this season. And finally, game three will have Dustin May and Chris Bassitt. May will just be making his third start of the year, coming off Tommy John and Bassitt will look for much better results from his last against the Rockies on August 26th, when he gave up four runs on eight hits.
Who wins the series?
This series really has a chance to be a playoff preview. It should be a good one for sure. Both of these ball clubs have been having a great month of August and really just a fantastic year all together. I’m going to have to go with the Dodgers winning this series two out of three, simply because they just keep winning. If the Mets want any chance to win this series they will need to score lots of runs after only scoring a combined three in their last two games. The Mets do have deGrom going for the Mets which should give them an advantage to win one of the games but I still think the Dodgers are the better team and will win the series.