Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Los Angeles Dodgers make history on Saturday against Mets

Los Angeles Dodgers make history on Saturday against Mets

Entering Sunday night's showdown with the New York Mets at Citi Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves with a monstrous 14.5-game lead in the National League West, as well as on a pace to win 115 games in 2017 - a staggering accomplishment that would fall just one victory shy of the MLB record 116 games the Seattle Mariners won back in 2001. Needing a miracle to make the playoffs, the Mets are basically out of contention. The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't lost a game when scoring more than three runs since June 15. These two ballclubs facing off Sunday night couldn't have been any more different.

Yu Darvish was masterful in his team debut Friday, striking out 10 across seven innings en route to a 6-0 triumph to give Los Angeles its 11th victory in 12 outings. The Dodgers eye a 43rd victory in their last 50 contests when they continue their three-game series Saturday in NY. Hyun-Jin Ryu will face off against Steven Matz of the Mets. Ryu has allowed opponents to slash.276/.336/.488 while giving up 15 HRs in 84.2 IP, which translates to one HR allowed every 5.5 IP - undesirable at best. On top of that, Seth Lugo did not allow a hit to the Dodgers until there were two outs in the fifth inning. He is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four career starts vs. the Mets.

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The home run onslaught started in the first inning when the Mets put on an aerial assault against the reigning National League Pitcher of the Month for July, Rich Hill. "Those guys (Mets) slugged early, we slugged late". The stats only get sillier from there: After losing to the Padres on July 2nd, L.A. has swept six series (seven if it wins again tomorrow) and has lost to only one team (three total losses to the Atlanta Braves) during that span.

In Pittsburgh, rookie Dinelson Lamet allowed just one hit in 5⅔ innings. While Ryu's performance over last two weeks have been uplifting, the same can not be said for Matz. Since his most recent win on June 28, Matz is 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA.

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To say the Los Angeles Dodgers are on a roll would be a severe understatement.

The Dodgers must love Mets pitching. Jay Bruce (3/8 with 2 HRs), Curtis Granderson (3/5 with 1 HR), and Asdrubal Cabrera (2/4 with 2 doubles) have had relative success against Ryu while the Dodgers haven't faced Matz enough to provide a reliable sample size. Cody Bellinger then hit a two-run shot off Lugo to tie the game at 3-3, his 31st of the season and his sixth against the Mets. The team doesn't want to rush him back out to the mound and risk an injury. Believe it or not, the Dodgers opened at a higher price (-168) than this and the line has come down a little bit.

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Ross Stripling came into Saturday's game in a situation lacking any pressure whatsoever. They're the play here. They have an astonishing 96 homers during the current 50-game stretch and are fourth in all of baseball with 161 longballs.

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