In the old days, we’d call this a preview of the NLCS. There’s too much time and too many rounds in the playoffs for that to be set in stone, but these are the two best teams in the National League. They rank 1-2 in the majors in runs scored. They are first (Los Angeles) and third (New York) in run differential. It’s a four-game battle of heavyweights in La La Land. If you enjoy placing your bets on the biggest games of the day, then keep an eye on the Mets vs Dodgers series odds this weekend.
Opening Game Information
- Game: Mets (35-17) at Dodgers (33-17)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Thursday, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Television: SNY, SNLA, MLB Network
Mets vs Dodgers Probable Starting Pitchers
- Thursday: Taijuan Walker (Mets) vs Tony Gonsolin (Dodgers)
- Friday: Chris Bassitt (Mets) vs Tyler Anderson (Dodgers)
- Saturday: David Peterson (Mets) vs Walker Buehler (Dodgers)
- Sunday: Trevor Williams (Mets) vs Julio Urias (Dodgers)
Mets Carry Six-Game Win Streak to LA
After a rocky 2021 campaign that prompted a change of the manager, the New York Mets news these days is all positive. And remember, this is a team doing it without a pair of aces in Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.
A successful return by those two could signal some otherworldly stuff in Queens this summer.
But that’s down the road, and the challenge this weekend will be solving a Los Angeles Dodgers squad that has owned the Mets in recent years. LA is 22-5 vs New York since the start of the 2017 season.
That may not mean a thing given the Mets’ current streak. They are doing it on all fronts, averaging over eight runs per game during the 6-0 stretch and carrying a 21-inning scoreless streak into this series.
New York is a more pedestrian 7-6 over its last 13 road games, which might impact the Mets vs Dodgers series odds.
Dodgers Licking Wounds after Being Swept by Pirates
There is a great deal of imbalance in the majors, but every so often we’re reminded that these are all pretty darn good ballplayers. The Pittsburgh Pirates offered up that reminder this week by taking three straight in Dodger Stadium, a key sweep as it relates to the Los Angeles Dodgers standings. The San Diego Padres were being swept in St. Louis at the same time but the Dodgers were unable to gain any separation, leaving their lead in the NL West at just three games.
While Los Angeles has perhaps the best lineup in the game, it will only go as far as the pitching staff takes it. The Dodgers are 1-11 when their opponent scores five runs or more and 32-6 when they get four or fewer.
Trying to keep the Mets at that magic mark this weekend will be a quartet of starters who boast a combined 2.75 ERA.
- Luis Guillorme, Mets IF: 16-for-32 (.500) with 12 runs scored in a 10-game span.
- Francisco Lindor, Mets SS: Batting .375 with 20 RBI over his last 10 games.
- Mookie Betts, Dodgers RF: Another three hits Wednesday give him a .447 average in an 11-game stretch.
- Evan Phillips, Dodgers RP: One earned run allowed in 12 innings over 10 appearances since the start of May.
- Brandon Nimmo, Mets CF: Missed several games with a wrist ailment before going 0-for-5 in his return Wednesday.
- Eduardo Escobar, Mets 3B: Homered on Tuesday but his OPS sits at .670, which would be his lowest in a season not shortened by COVID since 2016.
- Cody Bellinger, Dodgers CF: Batting .218 after an 0-for-2 on Wednesday.
- Freddie Freeman, Dodgers 1B: 4-for-23 with one extra-base hit over his last six games.
- Mets RHP Tyler Megill (biceps) threw batting practice Tuesday and is expected to head out for rehab appearances.
- Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (shoulder) said his injured shoulder blade feels “completely normal” and he’s waiting for the okay to throw off a mound.
- Dodgers OF Kevin Pillar left Wednesday’s game after his shoulder popped and he will get scans Thursday.
- Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (pelvis) is expected to pitch in a rehab assignment this weekend.
Mets vs Dodgers Series Odds Betting Tips
At some point, the Mets will cool off. At some point, the Dodgers will get hot again. Is this the weekend where it flips? Not likely, for these figures to be a tightly contested series throughout. Playoff environments tend to yield that, and this set should lend itself to that sort of atmosphere.
Perhaps consider some over/under this time around. The Mets, as the underdog, hit over 87.5% of the time. The Dodgers go over 73.3% of the time after a loss. It might be ripe for the offenses to take charge early in the series, something to consider with the Mets vs Dodgers series odds.Follow us on Twitter