The Dodgers got a rare gift last night with Tracye Thompson’s exciting walk-off bomb that lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the Mets to even the series. Not only did that blast give the Dodgers a rare home win, but it also spared us all the agony of watching Chris Hatcher pitch another inning. He was looming in the bullpen at the time of the Thompson home run. So on behalf of all Dodger fans all over the world, thank you Trayce! Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!!!
Now that the Dodgers have a little momentum under their belt, perhaps they can pull off another win? That maybe too much to ask for, but I am going to dammit. I am always reaching for the sky. I think it’s time to cut bait with Carl Crawford. Thompson is a pretty decent hitter.
Anyways, the Dodgers and the Mets will do battle again in the third game of the series tonight. The pitching match-up will feature long haired Thor flamethrower Noah Syndergaard against Japanese right hander Kenta Maeda. This is is sure to be one heck of a pitching duel.
Dodgers Lineup vs. New York-TBA
Noah Syndergaard-2-2 vs. Kenta Maeda-3-1
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV -SNLA
We last saw Syndergaard throwing 100 mph heaters in game 2 of the 2015 NLDS. The Dodgers were able to get to him later in the game when he started to tire. As a matter of fact his ERA gets higher as the game goes on. During the first three innings he has a career 2.90 ERA. Through innings 4-6 he has a 3.26 ERA and through innings 7-9 he has a 3.44 ERA. The sixth frame gives him the most trouble, as he has posted a 6.26 ERA during that inning.
This year has been very good. Syndergaard has posted a 2-2 record with a 2.58 ERA. He has struck out 49 and walked just 8 in 38.1 innings pitched. That comes out to an 11.5 K/9 rate. He has a 1.55 FIP and has allowed just one home run this year. This is one tough pitcher.
Syndergaard has made one regular season start against the Dodgers in which he tossed six innings of one run ball. In that start he earned a no-decision. The Dodgers simply don’t hit Syndergaard at all and I don’t really expect them too. The boys in blue are batting just .140 (6 for 43) with a .485 OPS against. Adrian Gonzalez has a home run, so there is that.
Syndergaard vs. Dodgers
That means Kenta Maeda better throw a shutout if the Dodgers want to have any chance of winning. Maybe he will. After all, Maeda has been pitching quite well. Maeda is 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts. Over 38 frames he’s allowed seven earned runs, and three home runs. He’s struck out 35 and walked 10. He’s been excellent. He pitched well in his last start against Toronto, but got a no-decision. A mark of a good pitcher has always been the ability to limit base runners. Maeda has allowed just 6.2 hits per nine innings. He is 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA at Dodger Stadium, but also has a 0.98 ERA on the road. He’s good in any park.
Here are some interesting tidbits. Adrian Sabin Gonzalez is hitting .311 (61 for 196) in his career against the Mets. Chase Utley has blasted 35 home runs off of Mets’ pitching. Food for thought, those guys are good.
Here’s hoping for another win and another Hatcher free night! Enjoy the game. Go Blue!