The nice little reprieve we had for Tuesday night’s 3-2 Dodger win evaporated quickly as the Dodger’s sunk back to mediocrity with a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Wednesday evening. Noah Syndergaard also known as Thor shocked us all with two home runs off of Kenta Maeda. He also destroyed the Dodgers with his arm as well. The Dodgers will have to win tonight to earn a series split. In the series finale the Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw and the Mets will counter with fat man Bartolo Colon.
Colon is fatter than ever before, but is having a great season. The 42-year old right hander is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in six starts. Colon has struck out 33 and walked only 4 over 38.1 innings pitched. Colon has posted a 3.04 FIP and has struck out 7.7 per nine innings. It only took 20 seasons, but Colon hit his first MLB home run last week against the Padres. In that game he also got the win by allowing three earned runs over 6.2 frames while striking out 5.
Dodgers vs. Mets
Bartolo Colon-3-1 vs. Clayton Kershaw-4-1
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV- SNLA
Colon is 2-5 with a 5.16 ERA in seven starts against the Dodgers. He’s never pitched well at Dodger Stadium either, posting a 2-1 record and a 5.31 ERA in three starts. Colon has won 221 career games and has thrown 13 shutouts. The Dodgers are hitting just .226 (33 for 146) against Colon with a .575 OPS against. Adrian Gonzalez is the one to watch for. He is batting .480 (12 for 25) with 3 home runs and 5 extra-base hits versus Colon.
Colon vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. The ace is having another season for the ages. He is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in seven starts. He’s struck out 64 and walked only 3 across 53 dominating innings. His WHIP is 0.774 and he has allowed 6.5 hits per nine innings pitched. He has a 10.9 K/9 rate and a godly 0.5 BB/9 rate as well. Once again Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and on pace for another Cy Young award.
He defeated Toronto in his last start by allowing just two earned runs over seven innings and striking out 10. He’s struck out at least 10 or more batters in four consecutive starts. He’s walked just one batter since April 9. One! He’s unbelievable. Kershaw has been spectacular in his career against the Mets. He’s never lost to them. Kershaw has a 6-0 record and a 1.34 ERA over 9 starts. Kershaw has limited the Mets to a .142 (16 for 113) average with just a .374 OPS against.
Stat of the day- Kershaw needs seven strikeouts for 1,000 career strikeouts at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw vs. Mets
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Alex Guerrero has begun his rehab assignment as he continues his recovery from a left knee injury. Guerrero can only be on assignment for 20 days before the Dodgers have to figure out how to fit him on the roster or DFA him.
The Dodgers are back to .500 with an 18-18 record and are tied for first place with the Giants in the NL West. Arizona and Colorado are both one game behind.
Let’s beat the fat man and get a series split!